Freight train derailed in Charlemont

Until repairs are finished, no other train traffic will be able to go through that area

CHARLEMONT, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s expected to take days to repair a section of train tracks damaged by a derailed train in the Franklin County town of Charlemont.

10 cars and 2 locomotives ran off the tracks in the area of Route 8A in Charlemont, just after 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Fire Lt. Jason Jarvis told 22News it was a Norfolk Southern train that derailed on the Pan Am Rail line.

A crew of 2 people were on board the train when it fell off the tracks, but no one was hurt and none of the freight cars tipped over. That was the main concern, because if they tipped over, there was a chance they could have spilled what was inside and it may have turned into a hazmat situation.

“It happens time to time, definitely I hear about it in the papers, and I’ve definitely seen it for myself. It’s scary because you never know if somebody is going to get hurt,” said Eric Coates of Charlemont.

Lt. Jarvis told 22News it’s not clear what caused the train to derail because they were traveling at the correct speed.

He said the tracks are badly damaged and will likely take several days to be repaired. Until then, no other train traffic will be able to go through that area.

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