Freight train derailment in Wendell

Staff writer
Published: 8/5/2018 10:50:49 PM
Modified: 8/5/2018 10:51:02 PM

WENDELL — A Pan Am Railways partial freight train derailment occurred on Saturday, Aug. 4 around 3 a.m. Four cars derailed, and there were no evacuations or any citizens harmed or threatened.

Of the four cars that derailed, one was filled with hydrochloric acid, but did not spill and was later removed, according to New Salem and Wendell Fire Chief Joe Cuneo.

Pan Am will be removing the cars over the next couple days, said Cuneo.

Cuneo said the incident did not have anything to do with a crack reported in a steel rail at the Pan Am Southern's railway crossing at Wendell Depot Road.

“I believe the derailment was weather related,” said Cuneo.

The Department of Fire Services (DFS) Hazmat Team and Special Operations teams responded to the incident.

Other assistance included Erving, Greenfield and Turners Falls Fire Departments.

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