Breaking: Train Derails Outside of Detroit, Carrying Hazardous Materials
You've probably seen the videos and photos from the train that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio earlier in February. If you're like me, you've caught yourself thinking "I'm really glad that didn't happen here in Michigan".
After several other trains have derailed in a similar manner, it appears it's now happened in our state as well. But, that doesn't mean we're in trouble.
Officials are investigating after a train derailed in Van Buren Township, just outside of Detroit on Thursday morning. The train is operated by Norfolk Southern, which are the same operators behind the Ohio derailment.
The rain derailed at approximately 8:45am EST in the area of Huron River Drive between Martinville and Haggerty roads. The derailment comes less than two weeks after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio.
What areas are effected by the train that derailed in Van Buren Township?
There are some areas that are being effected by the investigation and cleanup in Van Buren Township.
Roads include Haggerty Road, which has been shut down south of I-94, and Huron River Drive which is shut down west of Haggerty Road. Drivers have been asked to avoid the area while officials continue to investigate.
Should we be worried about the train that derailed in Van Buren Township?
According to officials, No injuries have been reported as a result of the crash, and there’s no evidence that hazardous materials were spilled either. This is the best case scenario.
Thankfully, it appears that none of the hazardous materials that were being carried by this train at the time of it's derailment have spilled. So, unlike the tragic events in Ohio and Arizona recently, it appears we are in the clear for any sort of environmental damage.
We'll keep you updated on this story as it develops.