Route 219 in Leeds reopens after train derailment

1:59 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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LEEDS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Route 219 through Leeds has reopened, but crews are still repairing the tracks that has shut down the road for most of the morning after a train went off the tracks around 5:30am.

The derailment happened near the intersection of route 219 and 106. Crews from PanAm Railways are still working to repair the tracks and get the train running.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but a spokesperson from PanAm railways says the train was delivering grain to a customer in the area.

There were no injuries, but it has been a big job to clean up. PanAm had to send for a large crane in Massachusetts to help move the five cars back on the tracks.

Traffic had been shut down on this stretch of 219, but DOT crews opened the road around 10:30.

PanAm crews are expected to be here into the afternoon trying to repair this track. This is part of a network that runs thought New England, into New York and up to Canada. PanAm owns and operates the track and the train -- so this investigation will be handled internally.


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