A Train Derailment Forces Traffic on Telfair To Detour - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

12/29/05

A Train Derailment Forces Traffic on Telfair To Detour

A CSX Train has had a partial derailment in Savannah, tying up tracks for both freight and passenger lines. It happened early this afternoon right near the Amtrak Station off Telfair Road. A little before 1pm this afternoon, one of the wheels on a freight car apparently got stuck, forcing that car and more than half a dozen behind it off the tracks. It's made for quite a mess along the lines. This train was towing 87 freight cars, eight of which are now off their tracks. Nobody was hurt, but the line is now shut down in both directions and traffic cut off completely along Telfair Road while crews begin cleaning up. Sgt. Mike Wilson of the Savannah Chatham Police Dept. Says, "None of the cars were carrying any type of dangerous materials. They were either empty or carrying paper or things of that sort."

Wilson says the train had been headed Northbound on it's way to Columbia South Carolina when it wrecked. Train traffic could be tied up into this weekend. People trying to get home who normally take Telfair Road are going to want to detour, since there's no way to get through.

Reported by:Chris Cowperthwaite,  ccoperthwaite@wtoc.com

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