UPDATED: Train car derailed near Melbourne Ave.

No accidents and no spill caused a railway car that dissipates at downtown Logansport Wednesday afternoon.

The derailment occurred on the Norfolk Southern rail line only north of Lytle near Berkley Street.

Jon Glass, public relations manager for Norfolk Southern, said by telephone that the derailment occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. Jan. 24. He included in an email after on Wednesday the automobile that derailed was an empty covered hopper car and has been the second-to-last car of the train.

The derailed car put on its side across the paths and the vehicle behind it remained stalled on the trails while springs and parts of metal cluttered the railway. The remainder of the train was stopped farther west down the railroad line as Norfolk Southern employees worked the scene with Logansport Police Department and Cass County Emergency Management personnel nearby.

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A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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Train tracks were raised from their place and will need to be repaired before use from the derailment that occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday afternoon. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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A train car lays on its side, with its wheels and various pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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A train car lays on its side, with its wheels and various pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

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Train Derails in Logansport

A train car is on its side near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport after derailing from the afternoon.

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A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

Train tracks were raised from their place and will need to be repaired before use from the derailment that occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday afternoon. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of bits of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

A train car lays on its side, with its wheels and various pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

A train car lays on its side, with its wheels and various pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

A train car lays on its side with another 1 right up against it, with a variety of pieces of the car scattered about. The derailment occurred near Melbourne Avenue and Berkley Street in downtown Logansport on Wednesday evening. Fran Ruchalski | Pharos-Tribune

  • Fran Ruchalski

Glass said by telephone that there were no accidents and it was too early to determine an effect, adding it usually takes weeks or even months before one is issued. He explained Norfolk Southern was coordinating with local emergency employees and stated mercifully the derailment didn’t obstruct a railroad crossing.

A contractor operating a heavy crane could be on scene by Wednesday evening to clear the vehicle from the track, Glass said. It’d be re-railed when possible, he continued, or removed into the side of the railway and compensate for scrap whether it was decided to be damaged beyond repair.

Glass’ email described the train as a 4,600-foot-long typical product train travel west to Lafayette consisting of 2 motors and 67 rail cars, 16 of which have been packed.

Cass County Emergency Management Agency Director Alvin Beckman described it as “a very, very minor sort of derailment” on spectacle Wednesday, adding it all occurred on railroad property and would not impact visitors. The railroad company was immediately notified of this derailment to ensure oncoming train visitors would cease, he explained.

Paul Ulerick, proprietor of Amelio’s on the River, a few blocks west of where the derailment occurred, said a staff member were waiting on customers when they observed a squeal and a thump. After appearing down Lytle and noticing the derailment, Ulerick stated they contacted the police. They then went down to the scene, even Ulerick continued, where they found the derailed car was sealed and decided it was vacant by rapping on its exterior. He commended the response from Norfolk and crisis Southern personnel.

Train traffic out Amelio’s on the River is more common, Ulerick stated, adding one travels by roughly every 40 minutes.

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