At 9:30 a.m. on April 10, 1984, 18 cars of eastbound Seaboard System Railroad freight train FERHL derailed at Marshville, North Carolina, following the failure of a freight car axle journal as a result of the journal overheating. Two of the four derailed tank cars loaded with methanol, a flammable liquid, were breached during the derailment, and the released methanol was ignited. Three buildings and four automobiles were destroyed by the fire. An estimated 2,100 persons within a 1-mile radius of the accident site were evacuated, U.S. Highway 74 was closed, and the fire was allowed to burn until it subsided at 10 p.m. on the day of the accident. One person received a minor injury during the evacuation. Damage was estimated to be $1,383,000.