Crews investigate cause of train derailment

Crews investigate cause of train derailment
(Source: Crisp Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Crisp Co. Sheriff's Office)

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - CSX railroad crews finished up with cleaning the aftermath of a derailed train, carrying hazardous materials.

At about 11:15 a.m. Friday, a train carrying hazardous materials got stuck on the tracks along Dorough Road after a break caused some of the wheels to break off.

The break destroyed the wheels of four cars on the train, which was about a quarter of a mile long. It was carrying hazardous materials at the time, but none of it spilled.

"No damage. No hazardous materials spilled. We were lucky," said Crisp Co. Fire Dept. Chief Jonathan Windham.

CSX had crews with heavy equipment on site within the first hour. Crews were at the scene for hours, working to remove the train from the tracks.

Drivers were also urged to avoid the area.

The train was stuck approximately four miles east of Cordele.

The damaged train cars were repaired and reconnected to the main body of the train. The damaged rails were repaired.

Officials say workers with the train were waiting for another driving crew to arrive and take the train to the company's next yard for inspection.

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