(Bloomberg) -- A CSX Corp. train carrying highlyflammable, toxic gas derailed and caught fire near Knoxville,Tenn., causing the evacuation of 5,000 people.

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The one tank car involved in the blaze was still burning at 7:30a.m. local time Thursday, hours after the incident, CSX said. Thecargo, acrylonitrile, is used to make acrylic fibers and plastics.If inhaled at high levels, it can cause nausea, headaches andkidney irritation, according to the Environmental ProtectionAgency.

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Ten law enforcement officials were taken to the hospital fortreatment after breathing in the fumes, said Marian O’Briant, aspokeswoman for the Blount County sheriff’s department.

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“CSX is working with first responders and relief agencies,”company spokeswoman Kristin Seay said. CSX is offering assistanceto displaced residents, including lodging, she said.

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Firefighters were summoned around midnight with initial reportsthat the blaze was caused by liquefied petroleum gas, according toBlount County firefighter Kermit Easterling.The train car was leaking, he said, and it’s unclear howlong it will take to clean up.

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An evacuation zone was set up in a two-mile (3.2 kilometer)radius from the accident near Maryville, Tenn., and could be inplace for as long as 48 hours, the Blount County sheriff’s officesaid. The city of about 27,000 sits at the foothills of the GreatSmoky Mountains.

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The CSX train, en route to Waycross, Georgia, fromCincinnati, Ohio, consists of two locomotives and 57 cars, of which12 were empty, Seay said. A total of 27 cars are carrying hazardousmaterials. Cars of acrylonitrile are located on either side of theburning rail car. No crude oil is among the cargo.

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In February, a CSX oil train derailed in West Virginiacausing as many as 15 tankers to catch fire and a state ofemergency to be declared in two counties.

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--With assistance from Thomas Black in Dallas

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