September 21, 2017
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Train cars derail in Brownville

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Updated:
Courtesy of Don Stickney | BDN
Courtesy of Don Stickney | BDN
Several train cars from a Central Maine and Quebec Railway train derailed in Brownville on Saturday morning.

BROWNVILLE, Maine — Several train cars from a Central Maine and Quebec Railway train derailed in town and blocked traffic for a short while, a Piscataquis Regional Communications Center dispatcher said Saturday afternoon.

“A couple of train cars have derailed,” he said. “There are no injuries and no real significant damage.”

The cars derailed at about 10:25 a.m. and blocked traffic at the track crossing until crews could move the cars out of the way.

Local resident Don Stickney said at least eight cars derailed, reporting that five were carrying liquefied petroleum gas, two were box cars and another was a liquid tanker.

Stickney said he was most upset about the fact the liquefied petroleum was odorless.

Further traffic delays were expected when a crane or other piece of heavy equipment is brought in to put the cars back on the track, the dispatcher said.

Messages left with the Hermon-based railway on Saturday and Sunday for information about how many cars were in the train, where it was going and when they would be able to put the derailed cars back on the tracks, were not immediately returned.


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