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Train derails in Delaware after departing from Clarksfield

Joe Centers • Mar 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thirty-six railroad cars hauling corn derailed on tracks north of Delaware on Tuesday afternoon, creating a mess that crews will still be cleaning up today.

No one was hurt.

The train had departed from Clarksfield and was heading for Loudon, Tenn.

The derailment occurred shortly after 2 p.m. along tracks in the area of Ohio 42 and Horseshoe Road, near the Delaware County sheriff’s office.

Horseshoe Road was closed between Ohio 42 and Shortcut Road and is not expected to reopen until this evening.

The crash occurred on the Norfolk Southern track and caused damage to both the Norfolk and CSX rail lines. The train was carrying corn, and no hazardous materials were involved, the county Emergency Management Agency reported.

The incident remains under investigation. The EMA said the goal is to have the tracks cleared within 24 to 48 hours. Crews are working to replace 1,500 feet of track and two switches that were damaged, said Dave Pidgeon, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern.

Norfolk Southern said in a news release that the train had two crew members, three locomotives and 87 loaded cars. The cars that derailed were in the middle.

By Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch, Distributed by MCT

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