Huge train derailment and hazardous chemical spill as hazmat crews rush to scene

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A team donned in hazmat suits has rushed to an urgent clean-up operation after a train derailed and spilled hazardous chemicals.

The accident involving a Union Pacific Railroad freight train at Coolidge, Arizona saw between 20 and 25 carriages hurtle off the railway line.

Some of them were carrying cyclohexanone, a chemical commonly used in degreasing cleanser.

A motorway near the site of the derailment has been closed while emergency services attend the scene, including police and the fire service.

Coolidge Police Department said that teams were patching the holes to stop any further leakage.

A statement describing the situation response at 5:15pm local time (12:15pm UK time) read: "What we know is approximately 20-25 railroad cars derailed. Two of those were filled with a high octane fuel much different than gasoline."

"The holes have been patched to secure the fuel. Fortunately only 500-700 gallons of fuel leaked from very large 40,000 gallon tanks. We are also grateful that there were no exposures to the leaked fueled (sic)."

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