NNA - Five freight train cars derailed in Massachusetts on Thursday, but no hazardous materials were being hauled and there were no reports of injuries, according to authorities.
The freight cars that toppled over at about 11:30 a.m. were carrying sealed containers of trash and recycling material, the Ayer Fire Department said in a social media post. Each car was carrying double stacked containers for a total of 10 containers, according to the state emergency management agency.
A woman walking in the area first noticed the toppled railcars and called authorities, Fire Chief Tim Johnston said at the scene.
“For an unknown cause the two double-stacked containers on one of the trains toppled over and it seems to have ended up pulling four others over,” he said.
The fire department called railway operator CSX and utility National Grid to the scene and officials took precautions to protect a nearby waterway.--AP