July 3, 2013

Train derails in central Maine; no injuries, no spills

The Associated Press

VEAZIE — Pan Am Railways says four tanker cars have gone off the tracks near the Penobscot River in central Maine, but nobody's hurt and nothing has spilled.

Executive Vice President Cynthia Scarano says three cars carrying liquid carbon dioxide and an empty tanker derailed at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Veazie-Bangor town line.

Scarano says the 92-car train was traveling from Mattawamkeag to Waterville, carrying wallboard, wood products, sand, scrap metal and other products.

The company has called for a crane, and the derailed cars are expected to back on the rails within 24 hours. Scarano says the carbon dioxide doesn't pose safety or environmental risks.

Scarano says the locomotive and the cars that were in front of the derailed cars continued on to Waterville.

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