MONTCHANIN, DE – Four cars from a twenty car freight train, one of which was carrying about 27,000 gallons of butane in it, jumped the tracks Friday afternoon on Dec 9. behind the old Montchanin train station. The freight train was traveling about 10 mph when it derailed. No injuries or leaks were reported.
Traffic at Del. 100 and Rockland Road in Montchanin was detoured as Montchanin Road (Del. 100) was closed for about two hours after the accident, according to DelDOT. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. just behind the old Montchanin train station. Rockland and Kirk roads remained blocked near the tracks.
Al Sauer, vice president of East Penn Railroad, said that at least one empty car had some damage.
East Penn Railroad is located in Kennett Square, Pa. and operates several short lines in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Railroad and emergency officials could not say what caused the derailment.
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