Train cars derail in Bangor

Railroad repair crew members pick up tools along the railroad tracks behind Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday after replacing ties in in that area. Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river.
Railroad repair crew members pick up tools along the railroad tracks behind Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday after replacing ties in in that area. Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river.
Posted May 23, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.
Last modified May 24, 2011, at 12:02 a.m.
Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river behind Eastern Maine Medical Center as seen on Monday. Railroad repair crews were seen replacing ties and shoring up tracks with crushed rock on Monday afternoon.
Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river behind Eastern Maine Medical Center as seen on Monday. Railroad repair crews were seen replacing ties and shoring up tracks with crushed rock on Monday afternoon.

BANGOR, Maine — Railroad police late Monday afternoon were still on the scene of a derailment in Bangor that sent seven cars off the track behind Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The derailment occurred about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Cynthia Scarano, spokeswoman for Massachusetts-based Pan Am Railways.

Scarano said investigators were still working late Monday afternoon to determine what caused the derailment.

Six of the cars that went off the tracks were carrying gypsum wallboard and one was empty.

“What they are trying to do now is get the track back together,” Scarano said. She said that the affected section of track is the company’s freight main line for the region and that the track is expect to remain out of service until at least Tuesday morning.

The train, which consisted of two locomotives and 29 cars, was en route from Calais Junction to Ayer, Mass., when the derailment occurred, Scarano said. She said no one was injured in connection with the incident.

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