Michigan now faces the potential of its own emergency as a train hauling Northfol Southern Train cars has crashed. The Van Buren Township Fire Department confirms that a train derailed near Huron River Drive.
Video of the scene captured by local news outlet WXYZ showed multiple cars off the track. The Van Buren Township Public Safety offices said the derailment included about 30 Northfolk Southern Railroad cars. One of the cars reportedly contained agricultural grain and the other cars were empty.
ANOTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TRAIN DERAILMENT IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.
WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/WZfmyzfv50
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) February 16, 2023
Officials claim that only one car in the train was carrying hazardous materials. At the time of the accident, officials say that the. car with the chemical supply wasn’t showing signs of leaking or damage. Police say there “is no evidence of exposed hazardous materials.”
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released a statement regarding the derailment:
“My team and I have been in touch with Supervisor Kevin McNamara, the Van Buren Fire Department, and other local officials regarding the train derailment in Van Buren Township. We are also in touch with the relevant federal authorities, including the EPA. At this time no one is aware of the release of any hazardous materials, the car carrying hazardous material has been put upright and is being removed from the area of the other derailed cars, and EPA is dispatching a team to ensure public safety. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and remain in touch with federal, state, and local officials, and release additional information as it becomes available.”
Another day, another train derailment carrying toxic chemicals while Buttigieg and Biden complain about white people
Hopefully they don’t just light these chemicals on fire in Michigan like they did in Ohio
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) February 16, 2023
Van Buren Township Public Safety office posted that Haggerty Road is now open and that Huron River Drive West will reopen this evening, both areas were closed off due to the crash.
The investigation is ongoing.