Vacuum-implosion of rail car causes 12,000gal Haz-Mat

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Haz-mat situation prompts evacuations

BUCKEYE - One Valley resident tells 3TV they are not happy after being evacuated from their homes on very short notice.

Lisa Hughes was not a big fan of Wednesday's events. She said she was not given time to pack or prepare when officers told her she had to evacuate. She says, "Got my dog and got my car keys. That's all I have."

Newschopper 3 hovered above the area in question just before 2 p.m. Someone was unloading a tanker of isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol when a malfunction occurred creating a vacuum in the container. That eventually caused the tanker to collapse in on itself.

Isopropyl is a highly-flammable substance, but there were other problems. Some of the other tankers were carrying hazardous materials as well like hydrochloric acid.

Firefighters and police evacuated some two dozen homes and eight businesses within a 1,000-foot radius from the scene.

Jack Williams tells 3TV he was shocked to see officers show up in his home to tell him it was time to go. He says, "Very scary because we didn't know what it was at first and we didn't know if it was a terrorist attackwhatever it wasgas line in the ground leaking or something. We didn't know what it was. We just listened and got out."

An evacuation site was set up at a community center but it was not too utilized. About five hours after all of this started, the scene was under control and people were allowed to return home.

"It's kinda confusing, but we'll survive," Williams joked.