Train Goes Off Rails In Southwest Detroit

WWJ News
December 12, 2019 - 2:39 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit firefighters and hazardous materials crews are on the scene of a train derailment on the city's southwest side.

The Canadian National train with 151 railcars was heading south and changing tracks in the 2500 block of Clark, south of Michigan Avenue, when several cars derailed while on a viaduct that goes over the street.

Officials say 12 cars derailed in multiple positions. At least one car was also hanging over the railing above Scotten Avenue.   

 According to Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell, five of the derailed cats were tankers that typically hauled hazardous materials.

But they were empty today.

"So luckily, the hazardous material cars that are off the tracks don't pose any danger," Fornell told WWJ's Jon Hewett, Thursday afternoon.

 "So at this particular point the railroad is going to go ahead and they've called in a company called Hulcher whose going to come in and there the ones that are going to get the cars and right them, and get the train back in service again." 

The derailment also caused a downed power line with energizing the rail lines for a time, but DTE Energy came in to repair it. 

No injuries were reported. 

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Scotten Ave.  remains closed to traffic until further notice. 

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