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Dead Fish Found In Creek After Train Derailment

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:25:13-04

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Environmental officials are asking Maryville, Tennessee, residents to avoid a creek where dead fish were found after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.

Biologists who were installing a water treatment system found the fish in Culton Creek.

They believe the fish may have died at least two days ago, close to the time of the train accident on Friday. The car that derailed contained liquid acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes including making plastics.

Officials say it's unclear if the train fire killed the fish, but they've issued a public advisory to avoid the creek to be safe.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

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