Washout may have caused Mich. freight train derailment

Associated Press

Wyoming – An official says a washout from heavy rains and melting snow may have caused two engines from a freight train to derail in western Michigan.

Firefighters and workers investigate a derailed train near U.S. 131 under 28th Street in Grand Rapids.

The engines went off the tracks on Tuesday night in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming, about 140 miles northwest of Detroit. Two railroad workers had what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

One engine came to rest on its side.

Firefighters and workers investigate a derailed train near U.S. 131 under 28th Street in Grand Rapids, on Tuesday.

Wyoming Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bennett tells the Grand Rapids Press it appeared a washout likely caused the derailment. Bennett said a trench was dug to contain leaking fuel.

WOOD-TV reports city crews brought a backhoe and other equipment. An environmental crew was called to handle fuel cleanup.

The derailment came as Michigan and other parts of the Midwest deal with flooding.