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Train derails, blocks 9 downtown streets


Downtown Perry was effectively “cut in two” Tuesday when a train traveling through town derailed at the curve near Jefferson Street just before noon, blocking traffic along nine crossings from Drew Street to Julia Street.

Perry Police Department Captain Jaime Cruce said there were no hazardous chemicals on board and there were no calls for evacuations.

PHOTO: Shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, crews were able to decouple the undamaged portion of the train, allowing it to continue on its journey, and clearing all of the affected downtown roadways with the exception of Drew Street. (Above) The derailment caused noticeable damage to the tracks just south of Drew Street at the curve.

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