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Train derails in North Mississippi

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HAMILTON, MS (NBC) - A 110-car freight train traveling through Hamilton, Mississippi derailed Monday morning. Officials say the incident happened shortly before nine o'clock at the railroad crossing near Hollivay Road.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad spokesperson says the two lead locomotives and 13 cars left the tracks. Three of the cars were carrying Hydrogen Peroxide, and hazardous material teams from Columbus Air Force Base and Columbus were called to the scene.

After they investigated the wreck, they determined only two of the cars were leaking. Officials had created a buffer zone 500 yards around the site, but that has since been lifted.

Some residents were also evacuated as a precaution, and a section of old Highway 45 through Hamilton was closed. They have now been allowed to return to their homes.

Officials are looking into a report that strong storms in the area overnight may have caused a tree to fall across the tracks. At this time, they say they have not determined the cause of accident.

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