Washout may have caused freight train derailment; 2 injured
Feb. 21, 2018
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — An official says a washout from heavy rains and melting snow may have caused two engines from a freight train to derail in western Michigan.
The engines went off the tracks on Tuesday night in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Two railroad workers had what were police described as non-life-threatening injuries.
One engine came to rest on its side.
Wyoming Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bennett tells The Grand Rapids Press it appeared a washout likely caused the derailment. Bennett said a trench was dug to contain leaking fuel.
WOOD-TV reports city crews brought a backhoe and other equipment. An environmental crew was called to for fuel cleanup.
The derailment came as Michigan and other parts of the Midwest deal with flooding.