Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in Mattawamkeag
A train carrying crude oil derailed Thursday morning on Route 2 in Mattawamkeag. It happened around 5am. Mattawamkeag Fire Chief, Robert Powers, says 15 rail cars went off the tracks and 13 of them fell over. The Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, and maintenance crews from Pan Am Railways are on the scene. ” We were aware that the railroad is gonna start hauling crude oil up through the area, roughly 2,500 cars a month. We’ve started preparing for this, this is just a lot sooner than we had expected,” said Chief Powers. ” Mom woke me up about 9 and there was fire trucks and an ambulance and so we called and was trying to figure out what’s going on,” said Dakotah Maass who lives near the derailment but says she didn’t hear it happen. The derailment did happen behind two houses, but at this point, no one has been evacuated. An official with Pan Am Railways says a couple of gallons of oil spilled and a spokeswoman for the DEP says crews are reporting slow leaks from several of the tank cars.