A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said. Homes and businesses were evacuated following the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville, the officials they said. Local officials said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring air quality in the area.
Federal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire. The investigation into the fires follows the June 17 shootings at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine black people were killed and a white man linked to racist views was charged in their deaths. A federal law enforcement team including the FBI and the Justice Department's civil rights division are investigating several church fires across five states over the past two weeks, Newman said.