Train derails near downtown rail yard

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Five rail cars derailed early Thursday afternoon on a bridge that crosses over South Anthony Boulevard as a Norfolk Southern train was leaving a rail yard just southeast of downtown Fort Wayne.

A rail car that derailed along with three others sits on a bridge over Anthony Boulevard on October 19, 2017.

According to Jon Glass with Norfolk Southern, a crew was backing the 7,559 foot long train with 121 rail cars out of a small switching yard before it departed for Pennsylvania just after 1:30 p.m. when the derailment took place.

Four of the cars fell on their side and a fifth left the tracks but remained upright. Three cars that fell over were carrying grain while the fourth was a tank car loaded with biodiesel. The tank car did not leak any of the biodiesel which is not considered a hazardous material, however some of the grain did leak out. A Norfolk Southern contractor was called in to clean up the spill alongside the tracks and a contractor with environmental expertise was called in to inspect the tank car as a precaution.

Glass said the derailed rail cars did not pose a threat to motorists on the road below the bridge.

Immediately following the derailment the intersection of South Anthony Boulevard and Creighton Avenue was closed to traffic. It has since reopened.