Train derailment sends 2 containers into Susquehanna River

2010-12-27T22:18:00Z Train derailment sends 2 containers into Susquehanna RiverThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 27, 2010 10:18 pm  • 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Officials say a freight train has derailed on a central Pennsylvania bridge, sending two shipping containers into the Susquehanna River, but no injuries were reported.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband says the 48-car train was heading to Chicago at about 4:20 p.m. Monday when a strong gust of wind apparently caused the train to derail on the Rockville Bridge between Harrisburg and Marysville.

Susquehanna Township police said the containers were believed to be empty, but Husband said he could not confirm that.

Husband said the train is blocking both tracks, which also are used by passenger trains, and crews were on their way to clean up the accident, but he did not know when that would be finished.

An Amtrak spokesman says 333 Pittsburgh-bound passengers on a train from New York City would be taken there by bus.

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