A train collision in Yorkshire has resulted in a massive release of poisonous gases and the tragic death of seven people.
The freight train, travelling south near Middlesborough, released hazardous gases when it collided with a still locomotive along side a factory. The poisonous vapour released spread through the factory, and consequently it is a no-go zone.
The train held 60 tonnes of hydrogen cyanide, 40% of which was released on impact.
Seventeen fire crew and multiple ambulance crews have scrambled to keep the factory workers safe and assess their medical health after exposure to the fatal vapour.
Residents living within a kilometre of the train crash area of hydrogen cyanide release have been evacuated as a necessary precaution. Middlesbrough police have confirmed that, “residents near the Millhaven plant will not be able to return to their homes for the next week,” due to the possibility of further leaks from the train’s hydrogen cyanide cylinders.
The train driver, Paul Thomas, 46 years old, from Stockton-On-Tees, was the first confirmed death from the poisonous vapours. Later reports from local hospitals have shown seven victims pronounced dead and over one hundred serious injuries.
Yorkshire MP, Andy McDonald tweets his condolences to the families involved: “This has been an awful accident and all our thoughts are with the families of the four people who have lost their lives, including the driver of the train.”
The Environmental Agency describes the chemical gas as, “hydrogen cyanide is poisonous and prevents oxygen being used by the body. It is a product used to make a wide range of chemicals for use in paints, plastics and synthetic fibres such as nylon. Exposure to low concentrations or small amounts may cause headaches, dizziness and nausea; symptoms usually improve soon after removal from an exposure. At higher concentrations, a rapid loss of consciousness, coma or death may occur. Exposure may lead to disfiguring burns. surviving a serious exposure may have long term effects from damage to the brain. Hydrogen cyanide is unlikely to cause harm to the unborn child. Children may be more sensitive to the effects of hydrogen cyanide due to their smaller size.
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North Yorkshire fire services alert us to a tragic train accident, causing the exposure of poisonous gasses and multiple possible fatalities.