Wreckage cleanup

Crews work to replace the south side CSX tracks between C.R. 35 and C.R. 37 July 22 while shipping containers sit in a field on the north side of the tracks. Crews had one rail line open by 8:42 a.m.

AUBURN — In less than 24 hours after a multi-car freight train derailment, crews had freight moving once again along the CSX rail line early July 22.

Crews from CSX, R.J. Corman Railroad Services and Cranemasters worked through the night to remove some 12 train cars carrying 74 intermodal containers from both sets of tracks. At 8:42 a.m., trains resumed operation on the north set of tracks.

The derailment happened July 21 at 11:11 a.m. when the 12 cars became dislodged from an eastbound train heading from Bedford, Illinois, to Port Newark, New Jersey. The CSX train was carrying 57 cars.

The wreckage left several of the cars piled together between C.R. 35 and C.R. 37 along C.R. 46-A southeast of Auburn.

July 22, crews were still working frantically to replace the south side rails to allow trains to continue on both sets of tracks.

Cindy Schild, a CSX media representative, said a small diesel spill from one car was observed and immediately contained. Notifications were made to the proper government agencies.

Crews from CSX Railroad, along with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Auburn Fire Department and Jackson Township Fire Department, responded to the original call July 21. The scene was turned over to representatives from CSX shortly after noon that day.

After briefly opening the crossings around the crash the afternoon of July 21 they were again closed once crews began to remove train cars from the scene. County roads 37, 35, 31, 39, 29 and 46-A were closed to through traffic while the wreckage was cleared.

On the morning of July 22, only a handful of shipping containers remained stacked in an empty field on the north side of the tracks.

No injuries were reported in the wreck.

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