Overturned rail car in Van Buren TWP contained agricultural grain, police say

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 — 3:09 PM EST

Police in Van Buren Township say an overturned rail car contained agricultural grain, and that the remaining overturned rail cars were empty.

A rail car containing hazardous material was not affected by the derailment, police said.

That rail car contained liquid chlorine, according to authorities. Its contents were not exposed during the incident.

“The involved train had one railcar that contained liquid chlorine; however it was located away from the overturned section, and was part of the section of railcars removed first. There is no evidence of exposed hazardous materials,” a statement from Van Buren police said.

At 8:30 a.m Thursday morning, Van Buren Police and Fire Departments responded to a train derailment including approximately 30 rail cars between Martinsville and Haggerty roads, south of Huron River Drive.

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and Wayne County Homeland Security have all been notified of the incident, and will continue to coordinate with Van Buren Public Safety and local officials.

Haggerty Road is now open. Huron River Drive West of Haggerty remains closed, and is expected to be re-opened to traffic this evening.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Updates will be made to the public as they become available.


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