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Investigators: Train derailed, blocking road carrying flammable cargo

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A train carrying flammable cargo is derailed in Wilmington’s Love Grove community, blocking people who live there from getting in and out of the neighborhood.

Dispatchers say the train ran off the tracks in the 1200 block of King Street around 5 a.m.

Investigators say they are working to set up a gravel road near the scene so people there are able to get around the accident.

They say the 64-car train is carrying flammable cargo, with two of the cars completely off the tracks. The cargo is contained at this time, but crews are worried if the cars teeter, they will be punctured.

Investigators say they believe the tracks may have begun disintegrating, sending the train to slide off the tracks.

Police say they are waiting on crews out of South Carolina to respond to the scene with a crane to help clean up the crash, opening up the roadway.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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