Muncie Train Derailment

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Muncie Train Derailment

Post by Notch 8 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:34 pm

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MUNCIE, Ind. — Derailed train cars near North Old Ind. 3 and East Riggin Road halted train traffic and blocked intersections early Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency responders were dispatched when seven train cars, including two tankers, were involved in the derailment near Carter Lumber around 12:30 p.m.

Hamilton Township fire officials confirmed one of the tankers was filled with ethanol, but that it was not leaking. That tanker had flipped on its side during the derailment and embedded itself in the ground.

Fire units from multiple authorities including the Airport Authority were on scene near the tankers.

Other rail cars involved were either empty or carrying non-hazardous materials.

According to Jon Glass, Norfolk Southern's public relations manager, the southbound general merchandise train consisted of two locomotives and 94 rail cars. The train was en route to Macon, Ga.

There were no injuries from the accident, and there was no imminent safety risk to the public.

Glass also said that Norfolk Southern had hazmat and environmental experts headed to the scene, as well as a contractor that will re-rail the cars.

Officials were not immediately sure what had caused the derailment
On scene, visible damage could be seen to the train car undercarriages, and one derailed car had taken out a utility pole during the accident.

The train rails in one section were also heavily damaged.

The train engine and other cars stopped just north of McGalliard Road, blocking all roadways up to Riggin Road that crossed the tracks.

Roadways had been expected to open by 2:30 p.m. but the main portion of the train which was to be detached from the wreck had not left.

Delaware County Emergency Dispatch said units were still rerouting traffic as of 3:15 p.m.

Glass confirmed the engine and non-derailed cars has cleared the blocked roads shortly after. He also said that the rail line should be open to trains by tomorrow morning after repairs.

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Re: Muncie Train Derailment

Post by rrnut282 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:42 pm

It was a very quiet evening afterward. Glad to hear no injuries and easy (no haz-mat) clean-up.
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