4 cars off the track in Millen train derailment

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Friday, Oct. 16, 2019

MILLEN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Jenkins County Sheriff's Office confirms four cars of a train have derailed in Millen.

It happened around 7 p.m. Thursday.

We're told the train cars were carrying mash, scrap papper, Toyotas, and polyethylene.

According to the county transportation website, the railroad in Millen is run by Norfolk Southern, and Millen is the switching station for the Norfolk Southern Railway from Atlanta to Savannah, to Augusta, and beyond.

We're told no one was injured as a result of the derailment, and no gas or chemicals are leaking.

It's unclear how many cars were off the track, but one side of Highway 17 (old Highway 80) was shut down.

Norfolk Southern personnel and contractors that specialize in cleanup and recovery after a derailment are on-site working to restore operations. Rail operations on the line are expected to resume later Friday afternoon.

The mixed-freight train was traveling east from Macon to Savannah, Georgia, when the incident occurred. The cause of the derailment is under investigation at this time.

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