PERRY COUNTY TRAIN DERAILMENT UPDATE

Perry County emergency officials say that a partial evacuation is still in effect for areas north of U.S. Highway 98 following a train derailment at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Friday.

Nineteen railcars derailed near New Augusta, closing U.S. Highway 98 for several hours on Friday. The eastbound side of U.S. Highway 98 was opened to two lane traffic for east and west travel late Friday evening.

At the time of the derailment, five cars were leaking materials: three leaking crude oil, one leaking liquid fertilizer and one leaking methanol.

Crews are offloading the methanol tanker, and emergency officials say they will keep the evacuation in place until the tank is completely secured.

A shelter was opened, but officials closed it Saturday morning, after all evacuees went to stay in other places.

No injuries have been reported.

The Perry County Board of Supervisors, Perry County Emergency Management, Forrest County Emergency Management, Perry County Sheriff’s Department, multiple Perry County Volunteer Fire Departments, New Augusta Police and Fire Departments, Miss. Department of Environmental Quality, Miss. Highway Patrol, Miss. Emergency Management Agency, Miss. Department of Transportation, AAA Ambulance Service, American Red Cross, Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Railroad Administration are responding to this incident.

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