Train derailment leads to chemical spill near Indiana’s Little Elkhart River

Molten sulfur and toulene, hazardous chemicals that can cause severe environmental damage, spilled from an Norfolk Southern train car on March 27, 2012, according to South Bend Tribune. State environmentalists are working to clean up the leak that caused nearly 200,000 pounds of chemicals to spill near the Little Elkhart River.

The news source reports no injuries occurred when 27 cars of the 59-car train derailed. Hazmat crews set up at least two booms to eliminate leakage into the river. Officials anticipated it would take at least a day to clean up the spill.

A train derailment puts people’s lives at risk, and sometimes can result in chemical spills. Safety crews will face challenges as they seek the best equipment and tools to handle environmental cleanup. These workers can use the XSORB oil select boom to control chemical leaks near waterways, eliminating environmental risks that spills may create.

This boom eliminates petroleum-based products in marine environments due to its heavy-duty construction. The item includes three absorbent socks, rope, netting and hooks, making cleanup quick and easy.

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