Early Friday morning, disaster struck when an Atlanta train derailed, causing its locomotive to erupt into an inferno.
Responders raced to the scene of the crash on Defoor Avenue as thick black smoke poured into the sky. The locomotive had collided with other rail cars in the CSX yard, spilling its entire 4,000-gallon fuel load.
Flames leapt wildly as the diesel ignition spread rapidly. Firefighters attacked aggressively and contained the conflagration, saving the city from a potential catastrophe. However, 1,200 gallons had already been consumed by the raging blaze.
Crews now face the daunting task of cleaning up the aftermath of the accident. With several rail cars damaged and tracks blocked, delays will impact travel and transportation.
Investigators will try to determine the root cause as removal operations get underway. Despite the close call, quick action prevented mass disturbances and disruptions in the area.