The track is clear, but still no cause for Tuesday derailment - - Jackson, MS

The track is clear, but still no cause for Tuesday derailment

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Kansas City Southern Railroad is still not commenting on the cause of a train derailment in Jackson but it's main line was reopened by 10 p.m. Tuesday.

A total of nine cars left the tracks during the 2:15 derailment. The freight was headed westbound in a 16 degree curve coming out of the downtown train station yard, when seven empty hopper cars, turned onto their sides. Two cars carrying coiled steel also left the tracks.

It is a place where similar train wrecks have happened in the past, when it was the old Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, but that was a long time ago.

This one was quickly cleared by removing the derailed cars from the area of the tracks. Some of the cars were still on their sides Wednesday afternoon.

The cause is still under investigation, said Kenny Foote of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. "And we will know something soon. But our workers were out there until about 11 p.m. And everything is cleared up now. It caused about an eight hour train delay yesterday, and minor traffic impact as well."

Foote said the Department of Transportation would have been ready if the derailment had involved hazardous waste material. The Jackson Fire Department also quickly responded to the accident, only to be on standby.

No time frame was given on determining the cause of the accident.

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