(By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)
Duncan Road closed because of derailment…
A train has derailed north of Chewelah near Duncan Road on the Kettle Falls International Railway at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday (April 6) evening. The derailment occurred 20 miles south of Kettle Falls. All rail traffic has been suspended and the cause is currently being investigated. Duncan Road has been closed because of the incident.
OmniTRAX, the railroad operator, stated that no injuries to the public or train crew was reported and the train was not transporting any hazardous material, and locomotives were not derailed. Car derailment is much easier to deal with than locomotive derailment, company officials said.
Damage has been done to the track which will need to be repaired. Some cars also came off their carriages which means extra work to move those cars. OmniTRAX said that they’re somewhat lucky the derailment happened on Friday as rail traffic is limited on the weekends. The line is expected to be closed until Monday evening or Tuesday. Another fortunate situation, Omnitrax said, is that a derailment team and equipment is based nearby in Spokane for derailment meaning the response was quick.
“When it happened it was dark so we heard an extremely loud noise and the house shook a little. We thought it was thunder crashing over the house but when we went out side the sky was clear,” nearby resident Jodi Nelson said. “We could hear the train so then we thought it hit a car or something but because it was dark we couldn’t see. We didn’t go down and check but could see the train in the morning.”
The Independent will report more news and information as it comes in. If you have photos of the derailment, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photos by Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
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