A derailed freight train made for a tough morning in Plainville. No one was hurt, but there was some damage to the rush hour commute for some.
‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and ringing bells, but no one was full of good cheer around the area of Route 10 and New Britain Avenue. The lights and bells at the railroad crossing would not stop, because that derailed train could not go.
All the way up at the front of the train, some of the wheels on two locomotives and two tanker cars came slightly off the tracks around 3 a.m. That stopped the train from moving. Police say those tankers were holding a potentially explosive gas.
“There is some propane that they’re hauling but there is minimal safety concerns that the train will tip or the cars will tip or there will be any kind of leakage,” said Lt. Eric Peterson, spokesman for the Plainville Police Department. “Right now they have everything secured.”
That meant the situation was less a hazard, more of an annoyance, because the train stopped right across several busy streets. Crews pulled apart two cars in the middle of Route 10 so that people could at least walk through. School buses had to be diverted, but police said traffic did not get too bad.
“We were pretty good working with you guys trying to get people aware to avoid the center of Plainville and go to work a different route,” said Lt. Peterson. “It did back up a little bit, but we have officers controlling traffic boxes and trying to keep things moving.”
By 9:15, the train was moving again, too. Most of it, at least. They unhooked the two derailed cars and left them behind so crews could continue to work on them.