CSX offering to pay Abbeville residents' expenses

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Abbeville train department

A distant picture of the train derailment in Abbeville. (WRDW-TV / March 8, 2012)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- CSX is offering to pay the expenses of those who were displaced by a train derailment in Abbeville earlier this month.

CSX spokeswoman Carla Groleau says those affected merely need to bring receipts to the Abbeville Civic Center this week.

Twenty-eight cars of a freight train derailed early on March 8. As many as 1,000 people were evacuated at one time. About 50 residents were kept away from their homes for two days while the wreck was cleaned up.

Officials say a tipped over tanker carrying methanol was stable but officials wanted residents near the tracks to stay away because the flammable liquid could have caught fire.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation. Groleau says the investigation could take weeks.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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