BREAKING: Homes evacuated after train carrying hazardous materials derails near Philadelphia

Only one of the 16 cars sprung a leak, and its contents, silicon pellets, pose no threat to the community.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Monday morning, a train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, prompting local authorities to evacuate residents out of precaution.

It has since been revealed that only one of the 16 cars sprung a leak, and that its contents, silicon pellets, pose no threat to the community.

According to Fox 29, a train belonging to CSX Norfolk Southern left the rails shortly before 5:00am near the intersection of Joshua and Flourtown Road in Whitemarsh.

"While preliminary reports indicate that one car transporting hazardous material was involved in the incident, there is no indication of any leaks or spills of hazardous materials and there are no injuries to the crew of the train," the rail giant said in a statement to the network. "The local fire department responded and declared an evacuation of just over a dozen homes out of an abundance of caution."

Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro tweeted that he and his team were "monitoring" the situation, and urged locals to follow the instruction of authorities.

In a Facebook post, the Whitemarsh Township Police Department explained that they were still gathering details, and that they would keep the community up to date with any developments.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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