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Train derailment in Scottsburg shuts down numerous intersections

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The Lover's Lane intersection remained open to traffic. The Lover's Lane intersection remained open to traffic.
This is in the backyard of a woman who lives on Main Street. (Source: WAVE 3 News Viewer Josh Smith) This is in the backyard of a woman who lives on Main Street. (Source: WAVE 3 News Viewer Josh Smith)
(Source: ScottCounty.tv Facebook page) (Source: ScottCounty.tv Facebook page)
(Source: ScottCounty.tv Facebook page) (Source: ScottCounty.tv Facebook page)

SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - A train derailment in Scottsburg, Indiana shut down many intersections in the town for a few hours Saturday morning.

8 or 9 cars of the CSX train derailed around 8:30 a.m., bringing the carrier to a halt as the engine got to the north end of Scottsburg. The railroad runs through the center of town and created a traffic problem.

The train was about 70 cars long and stretched south, blocking all intersections starting at Owen Street until it was just shy of the Lover's Lane intersection, which remained open to traffic.

Those roads are all passable now, as crews cleared the stranded train cars by hooking them to other engines to move them.

The derailed cars, which were at the front of the train, are near Lake Lola in the William H. Graham Park and have not yet been cleared.

David Murphy, Scott County EMA Director, said there were no injuries or hazardous situations because of the derailment. The train was carrying automobiles.

Multiple agencies have launched an investigation into what caused the incident. Murphy said they will first determine if it was a mechanical error or something else was to blame.

It is unclear how long it will take crews to remove the remaining wreckage. "Possibly weeks," said Murphy. "The magnitude of what we're dealing with here with the number of cars, it will take some time."

Local cable access channel ScottCounty.tv was first on the scene, and shared several pictures with us. You can see more on their Facebook page: facebook.com/ScottCounty.tv.

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