Train derails near 28th Street in Wyoming

Kent County
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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A freight train derailed in Wyoming Tuesday night, causing minor injuries to two railroad employees.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. beneath 28th Street SW just east of US-131. A section of the rail bed there was washed out due to heavy rain and snow melt, causing the tracks to lift about two feet off the ground.

When two engines pulling a northbound train reached that section, they derailed. One of the locomotives rolled onto its side, as did a few of the cars. The other engine also went off the tracks.

One of the workers on the train was treated at the scene. The other was taken to an area hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Each engine weighs around 400,000 pounds. City workers brought in a backhoe to dig the rolled engine and cars free and a crane to move them. The engine that had not rolled was back on the tracks as of Wednesday afternoon.

The derailment caused an unknown amount of fuel to spill from the engine, which was contained by emergency and cleanup crews. No chemicals or cargo were spilled in the incident.

The roadmaster for Grand Elk Railroad, which leases the track, said it could take until the end of the week to reopen the tracks, causing a freight backup on the only line from Kalamazoo to the Grand Rapids rail yard.

Both directions of 28th Street were closed between US-131 and Buchanan Avenue SW. The derailed cars stretched as far south as 32nd Street, which was also closed. All roads have since reopened.

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