LODI — No one was injured when about 19 cars derailed on the CSX tracks near Railroad Street on Wednesday afternoon.
Fire Chief Andrew Wurstner said CSX officials told him a mechanical
failure caused the accident, which occurred just after 4 p.m.
“Right now railroad recovery crews are investigating and haz-mat is down there,” he said around 8 p.m.
Wurstner said he expects the tracks to be closed for several days while they are repaired. He said later that the eastbound track should be open by morning. The cars derailed south of the CSX maintenance facility near Prospect Street.
Several cars were piled on top of one another; others lay across the tracks. Two tanker cars contained petroleum but because there were no leaks or flames, they did not pose an immediate threat to neighbors or the environment, Wurstner said.
Most of the cars were empty, but two spilled a plastic polymer, he said.
“At this time, there is no danger,” Wurstner said.
Don Church, a South Academy Street resident, said he was watching television when he heard a loud crash.
“I heard a loud noise that shook the house,” he said. “I thought maybe it was just a train roaring through there fast.”
Church and other neighbors said they believe the last derailment in Lodi occurred in the late 1970s.
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