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Train derails close to homes in Scottsburg

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SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - A train derailed Saturday morning in Scottsburg, sending several cars off the tracks and into people's backyards. The halted train blocked traffic for hours.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the cars to fly off the tracks. They believe it may be related to a mechanical failure. There are several investigators from different departments, including Homeland Security, trying to figure out exactly what happened.

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Meanwhile, those living right where the train cars came off the tracks consider themselves lucky.

"I'm thankful we weren't here and nobody was hurt. It could have been a lot worse," Jennifer Calloway said. The bedrooms where her children sleep are just a few feet from the tracks.

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"They started sending me pictures and then I realized how close it was," she said. Trees snapped in half, taking the brunt of the impact. They were the only defense for her home.

Calloway and her kids were not there when it happened. She was overwhelmed as she walked close to the damage for the first time.

"I don't know what I would have done if I would've woke up and been, I don't know. Because we would've been here," she said.

Neighbors are stunned by the mess.

"Wow, wow, that's something I'll tell you," Jason Carter said as he looked at the trains.

Some gasped and snapped pictures, watching as crews shifted and lifted the cars, trying to get them back on track.

"I've never seen anything like this up close, and it's just interesting to see," Carter said.

An entire section of the track was pulverized. The CSX train was transporting brand-new cars in steel carriers that weigh a minimum of 30 tons each. When they fell from the tracks, power lines snapped and traffic along major roads was shut down for hours.

"I think they are going to put us up in a hotel. They said we can't stay here until it's all cleared out," Calloway said. Jennifer plans on moving out this July. She's afraid she'll be the one shaking next time a train goes by.

"I've thought about it the last couple of years that it could happen but you never think it would," Calloway explained.

Emergency Management officials say the cleanup could take weeks while the crew working on the rails believe trains will be able to run through the same area by Monday.

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