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Train derails in Northampton County

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PORTLAND, Pa. - A train derailed in Northampton County Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 1:40 p.m., along Delaware Avenue, near PA Bagel in Portland.

According to officials on scene, seven train cars were compromised in the derailment. Two were carrying grain, five were carrying fracking sand.  

Officials say they believe at least one of the rails of the train tracks collapsed and caused seven cars to topple. 

"Conrail is bringing crews in to upright the train and they are waiting for an engine to come from Allentown to pull the cars back from River Road crossing. And then once we get the road open they'll take over all the clean up," said James Potter, Portland Fire Chief.  

River Road was closed in the area of the derailment but has since reopened.

No injuries were reported. 


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