Trail derails in Wyoming; no serious injuries

Kent County
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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A stretch of road in Wyoming was shut down for hours Wednesday after a train derailed.

The engine was pulling three rail cars when it derailed on 36th Street near Clay Avenue in Wyoming Wednesday morning. Police say the train was not carrying any hazardous material at the time.

The train derailed due to a safety mechanism that was placed on the tracks to protect railroad workers who were further up the line, according to the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.

Police said the system did exactly what it was designed to do. But authorities added that the safety mechanisms are usually placed further down the line, so if cars are derailed they don’t block the roadway.

One railroad worker suffered minor injuries.

36th Street was closed between Buchanan Avenue SW and Clay Avenue while crews worked to get the train back on the tracks, bus has since reopened.

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