A CSX freight train heading to North Carolina derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, sending 14 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material, officials said.
No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.
The train derailed about 6:40 a.m. near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station and one of the cars leaked sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents, CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said.
Sodium hydroxide, also known as corrosive lye, is a chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes.
CSX said hours later the leak was plugged. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at...