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Train Derails In Millsboro, No Injuries Reported

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MILLSBORO, Del. - Investigators believe recent weather may be partially to blame for a train derailment in Millsboro, Delaware.

Preliminary investigation has determined that at approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning, the Norfolk Southern freight train, consisting approximately seventy train cars hauling stone, being pulled by two locomotives, was traveling southbound on the railroad tracks in a wooded area north of Millsboro. The train derailment occurred on a section of the tracks east of US 113. The tracks run parallel with the highway between West State Street and Patriots Way.

As a result of the derailment, fifteen of the cars were forced off of the tracks and overturned spilling their contents of stone, while the rest remained upright. The two locomotives also derailed but remained upright. The train conductor and engineer onboard during the incident were not injured. An approximately ¾ mile length of railroad track was destroyed and or heavily damaged due to the incident.

An assessment of the scene indicated that there are no hazardous conditions and no hazards or threats to the environment or surrounding communities. There are no detours or road closures in the area of the derailment. 

Troopers along with Norfolk Southern officials remain on the scene continuing to investigate the circumstance surrounding the incident. Inquiries regarding the involved train, transported contents, and clean up at the derailment site should be directed to Norfolk Southern.

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