Pan-Am train derails in Old Town

Posted April 12, 2011, at 12:28 p.m.
Last modified April 13, 2011, at 7:04 a.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A handful of train cars in a line of 33 derailed late Tuesday morning, shutting down traffic to and from the French Island part of Old Town.

The Pan-Am Railways train went off the tracks around 11 a.m., according to Old Town Fire Lt. Mike Hildreth. Public safety officials closed three roads — Front, Bosworth and Howard streets — that provide access to French Island from U.S. Route 2.

By about 3 p.m., Front Street had reopened, Hildreth said, but the other streets remained closed.

None of the cars tipped over, no hazardous materials were spilled and no injuries were reported as a result of the derailment.

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Hildreth said most of the boxcars were carrying paper goods, but some were hauling LP gas.

It wasn’t clear what caused the derailment, but the fire lieutenant said officials from Pan-Am Railways responded immediately to sort out the mess.

Attempts to reach a representative for Pan-Am on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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