A train derailment in Talladega Thursday evening tied up traffic for about an hour but caused no injuries and no spills.
The derailment occurred just after 5:15 p.m. on the CSX track near the intersection of Coosa and Jackson Streets. According to Talladega Police Capt. Leon Thomas, an engine was pushing cars back along the tracks when some of them began to come off, eventually pulling the engine off with them.
Thomas said the derailed cars blocked parts of East, West and Court streets as well as Stephen J. White Memorial Boulevard and Johnson Avenue. Coosa Street was shut down from West to Johnson, and the alley behind Mt. Canaan Baptist Church was also shut down. Thomas said 18-wheeler traffic was diverted out of town until East Street was reopened.
Most of the train cars appeared to be carrying limestone slurry, Thomas said. None of the slurry spilled, and in any case it is not hazardous, Thomas said.
“We were lucky that none of the derailed cars turned over,” he added. “It won’t be like in Bemiston, where the cars were laying on their sides and took a lot longer to move out of the way.”
Normal traffic flow was restored after about an hour Thursday evening, and CSX crews were working to finish clearing up the derailed cars and putting them back on the tracks Friday afternoon.
“CSX and their people responded very quickly,” he added.
In addition to Talladega police and firefighters, NorthStar Paramedics and CSX crews also responded to Thursday’s accident.
A CSX media representative did not respond to calls for comment or further details Friday afternoon.