UPDATE: The roadway is now open.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Chris West a resident of the area said.
All eyes were on the intersection of Maple Avenue and North 19th street Friday night, as a CSX train derailed just before 4 o’clock.
4 cars tipped completely on their side slipping out hundreds if not thousands of pounds of grain.
The wheels of the cars and rail beneath car crumbled and mangled. The intersection blocked off for hours only reopening after the engineers disconnected the main body of the train from the last six cars and pulling north through the Maple Avenue intersection.
Trains are common here on maple avenue and North 19th street but residents of the area say this was the first.
“We usually come down here to see the train and today we have something exciting to see,” Chris West said.
Chris and Colin West live nearby and visit the track every day.
Crews are still on the scene, and they could be here for a couple hours.
Officials are hoping the rails will be back open by the morning.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Terre Haute police are asking motorists to avoid the area of 19th and Maple following a trail derailment in the area.
Crews are currently working to clean up the scene were four cars overturned.
The front of the train came to rest just before the intersection of N. 25th Street and Florida Ave.
No injuries were reported.
CSX released the following statement:
Just before 4 p.m. today, a CSX train derailed four loaded grain cars inside Duane Yard in Terre Haute, Ind. There were no injuries and no hazardous materials are involved. CSX is working on a plan to restore normal operations. At this time Maple Ave. is blocked. We apologize for the impact this may be having on the local community. While we don’t yet have a timeline for the completion of the clean-up work, CSX and its contractors will work as safely and as quickly as possible to restore normal operations.