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State Police: 8 Mile Reopens After Train Derailment

It is unclear what caused the train to derail.

February 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm
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WARREN, Mich. (WWJ) - Traffic is moving again in both directions after a derailed train caused a section of 8 Mile Road to close for more than an hour during Tuesday's evening commute.

The derialment happened before 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Michigan State Police, who have not yet said what caused the incident on the Detroit/Warren border.

WWJ confirmed late Tuesday night that one Canadian Rail locomotive and one lumber car were derailed but remained upright. The cause of the incident is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Canadian Rail officials apologized for any inconvenience.

All lanes of both eastbound and westbound 8 Mile Road were closed between between Hoover and Groesbeck Highway, with emergency crews on the scene.

MSP said the closure was expected to last three to four hours, but it cleared in under two hours.

WWJ's Stephanie Davis was on-hand when officials reopened 8 Mile and watched as crews worked to get the train back on the rails.

Davis reported there didn't appear to be anything on the tracks, but the derailment could have been caused by the icy weather that impacted much of Southeast Michigan Tuesday.

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