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Six cars derail in Pa. train collision

December 21, 2004|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Six empty box cars derailed Monday afternoon in a collision of two trains on the rail line running through the borough, according to a Norfolk Southern spokesman.

No one was injured in the 2 p.m. collision between a westbound Norfolk Southern train pulling 51 cars and an eastbound Norfolk Southern train with 93 cars, according to Rudy Husband, the director of public relations for the railroad. Husband said the westbound train was pulling onto a siding when its third car was struck by the eastbound train.

The accident occurred along a section of track near the 200 block of North Carlisle Street, according to a Franklin County 911 Center dispatcher. Husband said no hazardous materials were involved in the accident and a wrecking crew from Gettysburg, Pa., was called in to clear the tracks.

The tracks were re-opened to traffic by about 9 p.m. Monday, Husband said.

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Walter Avenue between North Carlisle Street and North Antrim Way was closed following the wreck, according to Dave Hann, a first lieutenant with the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. That section of Walter Avenue goes over the railroad tracks.

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