Freight Train Derailed 10 Cars Turned Over

Freight Train

Hazelwood, is a suburb of Pittsburgh that has approximately 4,300 residents, where there has been the derailment of a freight train. Emergency dispatchers say the freight train derailed at the 4100 block of Second Avenue at 10 a.m. At least 10 of the freight cars derailed and turned over. Some of the derailed cars included six covered hopper rail cars and four open hopper cars.

Traffic was temporarily blocked in that area. Workers started to clear the tracks an hour after the accident.

It appears that most of the freight cars were empty. There are not any reported injuries. Also hazmat has not been called to the scene. At first it was not clear if anyone was injured. Some of the freight cars were on their sides with entire wheel sets separated from the cars. Allegheny Valley Railroad said the train is one of theirs, but offered no further comment.

A spokesman from the state Department of Environmental Protection, John Poister, said the agency had not been notified to the derailment as of 10:30 a.m. This train derailment comes three days after the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, 300 miles East of Pittsburgh. That derailment caused the death of seven people and injured over 200 people when the Amtrak went off a curve traveling 106 mph in a 50 mph zone.

By Jeanette Smith

Sources:

Post-Gazette: Freight Train Derails in Hazelwood
CBS Local Pittsburgh: At Least 10 Cars Off Tracks In Hazelwood Train Derailment
14 News: Freight Train Derails Nears Pittsburgh
wbtv: Freight Train Derails Near Pittsburgh

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