Train Car Derails Near Mill

Incident Shuts Down Nearby Streets; No Injuries

Posted: June 27, 2014

Workers with Norfolk Southern probe a train car derailment near North Liberty Street in Harrisonburg on Thursday. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
The train was pulling in next to George’s Foods feed mill when the last car came off the track.
Harrisonburg Police Department reports that a Norfolk Southern Railroad train car derailed on Thursday, tearing into the pavement of Kratzer Avenue, pulling other cars off the tracks and leaving one tilted.

HARRISONBURG — A freight train carrying feed additives derailed in the city just before noon Thursday, causing several nearby streets to close while crews worked to clear the scene.

The derailment occurred near North Liberty Street, between West Gay Street and Kratzer Avenue, when the 9577 Norfolk Southern Railroad train was pulling in next to George’s Foods feed mill and the last car came off the track.

According to the Harrisonburg Police Department, the train car’s wheels tore into the pavement of Kratzer Avenue, pulling other cars off the tracks and leaving one tilted. Still, HPD Sgt. Pete Ritchie called it “a minor derailment” and no one was injured in the incident.

“They’re going to start the easy part first, by pulling the train back to see if it’ll get back on the tracks,” Ritchie explained early in the afternoon as work began to clear the scene.

Crews began repairing the roadway after the train was removed, police said. North Liberty was opened within an hour but the derailed car remained off the tracks.

Roadblocks were set up on either side of North Liberty Street following the incident. The city reported that Gay Street reopened about 5:20 p.m., while Kratzer Avenue remained closed to allow Norfolk Southern to bring in a crane, which arrived on the scene about 7 p.m.

Just Tuesday, Norfolk Southern workers upgraded a crossing on West Wolfe Street between Va. 42 and North Liberty Street.

Contact Amelia Brust at 574-6293 or abrust@dnronline.com



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