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Ammonia leaks from rail car in Waycross

POSTED: July 14, 2010 10:07 a.m.
WAYCROSS — CSX Transportation says a loose valve allowed anhydrous ammonia to escape and form a vapor cloud above a tank car parked at the company’s rail yard in Waycross.
CSX spokesman Gary Sease says the vapor was contained to the immediate vicinity of the rail car early Monday, and there were no injuries or evacuations.
Anhydrous ammonia is transported as a liquid under pressure. It becomes a white vapor with a pungent odor when exposed to the atmosphere.
Waycross police closed off several neighboring streets to traffic overnight.
Sease says that because the vapor dispersed in the air, no clean-up was needed and no train operations were disrupted.
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