An environmental cleanup crew from Norfolk Southern Rail Road continued to clear a chemical leak at its Village of Sloan rail yard late Monday night. The chemical, organic peroxide, was leaking from a tractor trailer. The chemical is highly flammable and explosive, first responders said.
The initial call came in just after 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. Firefighters from Sloan Vol. Fire Co., along with an Erie County Haz Mat crew, was called in to assist the cleanup.
There was concern about the leak, because organic peroxide has a very low flash point, said Sloan Fire Chief Barry Ping. At one point, the temperature inside the tractor trailer was between 125 and 150 degrees. The chemical is extremely flammable above 78 degrees, Ping said.
Nearby homes were never evacuated during the process. Ping said residents were never in any danger.