Train derailment in Warren sends 13 rail cars off tracks

A freight train derailment sent more than a dozen rail cars off the tracks Thursday morning in Warren, snarling traffic while emergency responders assessed the damage, officials said.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt (Skip) McAdams said 13 of the CN freight train’s 151 cars derailed about 7:30 a.m. No injuries were reported following the derailment in the area of Schoenherr and Stephens.

McAdams said three of the 13 derailed cars were tanker cars hauling liquid chlorine and unrefined alcohol, but those tanker cars had remained upright.

He said a tanker car carrying alcohol was leaking a little, but that it did not pose a danger to the public.

McAdams said a section of tracks near the derailment area is bowed. It remains unclear whether those tracks caused the derailment, he said, or whether one or more of the rail cars' wheels had malfunctioned and damaged the tracks, causing the derailment.

The city's police commissioner, Bill Dwyer, urged motorists and the public to avoid the derailment area “so that crews can work to clear the derailment as fast as possible."

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the derailment caused traffic backups in the area. He said he hoped the cleanup is completed by late Friday or early Saturday.

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Several roads were expected to be closed, possibly into Friday morning, including:

  • 10 Mile between Groesbeck and Schoenherr

  • Schoenherr between 10 Mile and Stephens

  • Stephens west of Schoenherr

A multiple train car derailment occurred at Schoenherr and Stephens Road in Warren on Thursday morning, September 29, 2022.No casualties were reported.
A multiple train car derailment occurred at Schoenherr and Stephens Road in Warren on Thursday morning, September 29, 2022.No casualties were reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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