Freight train derails in Gilead

Posted Aug. 16, 2009, at 3:17 p.m.

GILEAD, Maine — A freight train derailed in Gilead on Saturday, sending 20 cars off the tracks.

No one was injured when the train derailed shortly before 2 p.m., closing Route 2 and prompting the evacuation of a nearby camp.

Michael Williams, a spokesman for Genesee & Wyoming Inc., said 11 of the cars normally contained ethanol but were empty and the other nine carried paper.

The train was traveling from Auburn to Quebec on the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad line.

Williams said two people were evacuated from a camp and returned Saturday night after the site was deemed safe.

Route 2 reopened early Sunday.

Cranes were expected to arrive Sunday afternoon to move the cars. Williams said it would be at least two days before the line is reopened

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