May 23, 2018
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Route 15 damaged after train leaving Verso Paper derails

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

BUCKSPORT, Maine — A train carrying paper products damaged Route 15 on Sunday when it overturned.

The derailment occurred shortly after noon, according to Dan Saunders of the Bucksport Police Department. There were no injuries, he said.

The train was about three miles north of the Verso Paper Company mill when it derailed at the crossing at Route 15. One car overturned and a few others may have derailed, the dispatcher said.

The Maine Department of Transportation was called to inspect the damaged road, which has been closed to traffic, but had not arrived as of 2:30 p.m. Traffic was being rerouted.

This was the second derailment in Bucksport in a little more than two months. Four cars on a 31-car train derailed May 25 near the Bucksport/Orrington town line. Two of the cars tumbled down the embankment and into the Penobscot River.

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