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Springfield Twp. train derailment causes headaches for drivers

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A Norfolk Southern train derailed at the Crissey Road railroad crossing near Old Airport Highway on 8:30 Thursday morning. A total of 16 cars went off the tracks. A dozen of those tipped over. No one was injured.

Although authorities initially evacuated residents on the north side of the tracks, they allowed everyone to go back home after learning that one derailed car was carrying vegetable oil while the others were either empty or carrying sand. No hazardous materials were involved.

"It was a precaution because of the liquid that was leaking. We wanted to confirm what that was,” says Springfield Township Fire Chief Barry Cousino.  “We had two tanker cars. One was empty and had been cleaned prior to this incident. The other tanker car was carrying vegetable oil."

"I lived here for 32 years and never saw a train derailment,” says Lillian Knauss.

"I heard someone beating on the door and I'm wondering what's going on and I got up and I saw cops, the sheriff, running door to door ,back and forth,” says Austin Reiner who had just arrived home from work when he was evacuated from his home.

"They just did a lot of work right here on this section of track a week or so ago,” says Jay Gerken, who lives a few houses off of Crissey on Geiser. “We often wonder what would happen if something would derail. Thank goodness no one was hurt."

A railroad official tells 13abc all the rail at the crossing had recently been replaced.

It is still not clear what caused the derailment. That remains under investigation, according to Norfolk Southern workers on scene who talked with 13abc off camera.

Norfolk Southern says they expect to reopen one of the two tracks Thursday evening. Until then, trains are being re-rerouted in some cases. Other trains are simply being made to wait until repairs are complete.

According to the Chief Cousino, Crissey Road is expected to remain closed to traffic between Geiser and Old Airport Highway for several days.

 "The cars will be probably cleaned up sometime throughout the day today, but there has been damage to the roadway and I'm guessing the road will be closed probably up to a week,” says Chief Cousino.

"It'll be a little inconvenient. I’ll have to take a little detour to work, but I'll survive,” says Shaunna Vandermer who lives near the train tracks.

 Crissey Road also remain closed between Geiser and Airport Highway, making it tricky for drivers to navigate, due to the construction which is already taking place.

Crissey, between Salisbury and Garden will be closed beginning Tuesday July 8.

Holloway, between Salisbury and Garden is already closed and will be closed through next week.

There will be extra traffic on Albon due to a "funneling" effect of drivers detouring from the railroad closure and construction.

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