published Friday, January 31st, 2014

Train derails in Mississippi 50 residents evacuated

JACKSON, Miss. — Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith says that leaks have been stopped on three of four rail cars that were spilling fuel oil after a derailment.

About 50 residents in a southeast Mississippi town remain evacuated after 18 cars of an 85-car train derailed.

Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says the train, heading from Jackson, Miss., to Mobile, Ala., derailed at 9 a.m. Friday in New Augusta.

There were no reported injuries, and the cause of the derailment is being investigated.

Smith says U.S. Highway 98 remains closed as a precaution.

Smith says the spill is contained. He says he hopes residents in a nearby trailer park and homes can return home by Friday night.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in New Augusta for evacuees.

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