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First publish date: 05-09-2006
NS Potash Train Derailed Monday in Muncie, IN
A Norfolk Southern potash train derailed on a notorious curve in Muncie, Indiana on its way south from Elkhart, IN to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Six Canadian Pacific Railway cars carrying potash fertilizer derailed Monday morning on the tight-degree curve with a history of accidents. This derailment was reported at approximately 08:30 EST Monday east of the White River. Each car was carrying about 200,000 pounds of potash, which is not an environmental concern unless it becomes wet.
A cleanup crew of about 75 people included environmental remediation contractors from Fort Wayne, heavy equipment operators from Ohio that specialize in derailments and Norfolk Southern employees.
The curve where the train derailed was the site of two derailments in 2004.
There were no injuries in Monday's derailment and clean-up was expected to be complete by Monday night.