Train Derails in Potterville

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

The derailment occurred just after nine on Thursday night. 14 of the trains 142 cars came loose and left the tracks near downtown Potterville. The front side of the train came to rest about a mile down the tracks, blocking the Vermontville Highway.

Emergency workers immediately closed off access to both homes and businesses in the area while they worked to determine if there was a chemical leak threat.

While the train carried mostly steel and ore products, there was one car with hazardous materials. But, it did not leak.

A reclamation crew is expected on scene Friday to begin cleanup.

This is a Grand Trunk Western/Canadian National Train... the same line that derailed in the same area in 2002. That accident caused the entire town to be evacuated.

Eaton County Sheriff Michael Raines was undersheriff at the time and remembers everything. He admits, two train accidents in the same area raises questions.

The railroad company will be handling the investigation into the cause of the crash. Eaton County will assist.

Only two people were on board the train when it derailed... an engineer and a conductor. Neither were hurt.


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