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Upended Tree Blamed for Millsboro Train Derailment

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MILLSBORO, Del.– Delaware State Police say an upended tree caused a freight train to derail over the weekend in Millsboro.

Police said that at around 4 a.m. Sunday, a Norfolk Southern freight train hauling stone was heading south on the railroad tracks that run parallel with the highway between West State Street and Patriots Way.

According to police, the locomotive struck an upended pine tree, described as between 3 and 4 feet in diameter, that had fallen across the tracks due to the soil saturation that occurred from the previous heavy rainfall.

Investigators said the impact with the pine tree caused the train to derail, forcing 15 of the 70 cars off of the tracks, overturning spilling their contents of stone while the rest remained upright. The two locomotives also derailed but remained upright. The train conductor and engineer onboard during the incident were not injured, police said. 

An approximately ¾-mile length of railroad track was destroyed and or heavily damaged due to the incident.

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