Keywords: residential evacuation, train derailment, post-incident assessment, oleum spill, emergency management, sulphuric acid spill, railway accident, evacuation procedures, residential neighbourhoods, USA, United States
Research implications: an evaluation of residential evacuation practices following a train derailment/oleum spill incident
This research paper outlines the specific elements involved in the evacuation of approximately 3000 residents following a train derailment in the spring of 2002 in a suburban community in the Southeastern United States (USA). The derailment caused the release of an oleum (sulphuric acid) spill/plume. A major focus is the post-accident assessment of the procedures used for the evacuation, including recommended improvements/modifications. These recommendations were designed to improve future compliance with evacuation procedures in residential neighbourhoods.