Freight train derails in Androscoggin County near Leeds

Railroad workers struggle to get one of five cars back on the tracks at the Route 219 crossing in Leeds early Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013. Several crews, including ones from Guilford, Pan Am freight and Maine Department of Transportation, wedged wooden blocks under the wheels and inching the car forward in a slow, but well practiced procedure. There have been several derailments at the Route 219 crossing in the past few years.
Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
Railroad workers struggle to get one of five cars back on the tracks at the Route 219 crossing in Leeds early Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013. Several crews, including ones from Guilford, Pan Am freight and Maine Department of Transportation, wedged wooden blocks under the wheels and inching the car forward in a slow, but well practiced procedure. There have been several derailments at the Route 219 crossing in the past few years.
Posted Feb. 22, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
Railroad workers survey one of five cars that derailed at the Route 219 crossing in Leeds early Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013.
Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
Railroad workers survey one of five cars that derailed at the Route 219 crossing in Leeds early Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013.

LEEDS, Maine — A freight train has derailed early Friday morning in Androscoggin County near the Leeds-Wayne town line.

Deputy Jon Guay of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that the derailment involved two boxcars, and there is no imminent danger.

“It’s not a hazmat event and there’s no spilled containers,” he said. “[Traffic’s] going to be tied up for most of the day.”

Deputies are on scene waiting for a crane from Massachusetts to head north and get the cars back on the rails, Guay said. He said the train is owned by Pan-Am Railways.

Guay is advising motorists in the area to take Route 106 to Lake Shore Drive, which will reconnect vehicles with Route 219, as the road will be closed most of the day in the area of the derailment, he said.

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