Freight train derails near Broadway in Gary
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/648-3154 March 30, 2013 1:22PM
Emergency personnel work around where a train derailed from a CN track (right) near Broadway north of 4th Avenue in Gary, Ind. Saturday March 30, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~ for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:57PM
GARY — Three derailed cars on a Canadian National Railway freight train carried hazardous materials, but officials at the scene Saturday afternoon said none of the cars leaked.
The derailment happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, just northwest of Broadway, near the U.S. Steel entrance.
CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said 35 of the 101-car freight train derailed for unknown reasons. The track overpasses over Broadway.
The derailment ruptured a 14-inch gas line that serves the Great Lakes Industrial Center and halted South Shore service temporarily.
Waldron said the freight train was westbound, headed into CN’s Kirk Yard and most of the cars were empty.
About noon, NIPSCO spokesman Eddie Melton said the gas line had been stabilized and crews were working to repair it.
By 7 p.m., Waldron reported the railroad was still removing derailed cars from the scene and hoped to have the track opened by Sunday, Melton said NIPSCO workers would be able to complete repairs on the gas line by about 9 p.m. Saturday.
Officials said there were no injuries. Crews responded from the Gary police and fire departments, as well as U.S. Steel emergency crews and local haz-mat teams, along with CN and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. workers.
Haz-mat officials advised the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District to halt South Shore service but it resumed with the departure of westbound Train 504, which arrived in Chicago about 10:15 a.m.
Waldron said the track was straight where the cars derailed. He said a number of factors would be examined, including the track itself and the train’s speed.
Police closed off the entrance to U.S. Steel at 4th Avenue and Broadway while the gas line was being repaired.
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