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Freight train derails in Hazelwood; no injuries as 11 to 13 cars topple

Eleven to 13 cars of a long freight train derailed this morning in Hazelwood, Allegheny County and Pittsburgh officials said.

The incident was reported about 10 a.m. on a curve in the tracks along Irvine Street, officials said. The road was closed to southbound traffic for a while after the derailment, but has reopened.

John Poister, state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, said there were no injuries and the derailed cars were empty.

Some of the cars were on their sides, and their wheel sets separated from the car bodies. Eleven cars appeared to be off the tracks but city operations director Guy Costa said railroad officials told him 13 cars derailed. They told him the train was traveling at 10 mph.

Allegheny Valley Railroad confirmed the derailed train belonged to the company but had no further comment.

The derailed part of the train, immediately behind its five locomotives, included mostly covered and open hopper cars. The train also was pulling dozens of tanker cars, but none of them derailed. It was not immediately clear what the tankers were hauling.

A man who lives on Irvine Street about 100 yards from the derailment said he heard the usual banging noises that trains in the area make, but then “I heard the engines slam down [their power] real quick and I knew something was going on.”

The man, who would not give his name, said he frequently sees trains hauling crude oil, corrosive acid, chlorine and diesel fuel on the Allegheny Valley tracks.

“We’re just lucky that’s not what got pulled off the rails” today, he said.

In related news, 6 dead, dozens injured in Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia.

This article was written by Jon Schmitz and Andrew Goldstein from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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