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Windham Ethanol Train Derailment, Windham, Conn.

Emergency response at Windham Ethanol Train Derailment, Windham, Conn.

A portion of a cargo train carrying ethanol/benzene mixture derailed at 3:00 a.m. in Windham, Conn., in a heavily wooded area about 100 yards east of the Shetucket River and 100 yards to the west of a privately owned sand and gravel pit. The closest private residence was about 200 yards west. The train was en route to Providence, R.I. There were 82 cars on the train, including 80 tanker cars with ethanol and benzene. There was no ethanol/benzene released as a result of the derailment. Among those at the site in addition to EPA and DEP were local fire departments, the Conn. State Police, the Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. and contractors hired to clean up and transfer ethanol/benzene product from the derailed tanks to highway tankers, and to repair the train tracks.

Location: Windham, Conn.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 03/11/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: 03/13/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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