Second derailment in same spot in five days, this one minor

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A couple of grain cars came off the railroad track near Lumberton Sunday night at the same spot a major derailment occurred last Wednesday.

Sunday’s event was the second time in less than a week where rail cars fell off the tracks near Lumberton’s industrial park.

Sunday’s incident was not as severe as Wednesday’s, but did occur at the same rail switch as the first, said Lamar County Emergency Operations Center Director James Smith.

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Smith said his agency received the call of the incident at about 7 p.m. Sunday, which caused railroad crossings to be closed to automobiles at a couple of locations in Lamar County.

Pearl River County Emergency Operations Center Director Danny Manley said the train was heading south when the incident occurred, but this incident did not affect traffic within Pearl River County.

Sunday’s incident involved the rail wheels of two cars falling off the rail, but the cars were still sitting on the tracks, Smith said. Equipment was brought in to correct the issue and put the rail cars back on the tracks.

No injuries were reported in reference to the incident, but passengers of a southbound Amtrak train had to be offloaded and bused to their destination while work to fix the problem was completed, Smith said.

The cars that came off the track were carrying grain; no hazardous materials were involved, Smith said.

Smith said the railroad company is investigating the cause of both incidents.

Wednesday a train pulling 10 cars derailed, leaving only one car on the tracks. All but one of the railcars were empty, the other was carrying automobiles.

The engineer of that train was injured, but his wounds were said to be non-life threatening.