Train derails in Seaford, no injuries

SEAFORD — No injuries were reported as five Delmarva Central Railroad Company cars derailed for unknown reasons just before noon Tuesday.

Later in the afternoon, Seaford Police said a railroad company crane was en-route from Philadelphia to clear the damage. Three cars carrying corn and soy products tipped over at the South Porter Street crossing, authorities said. A brownish material resembling sawdust was seen spilled from the overturned cars.

South Porter Street from Harrington Street to Nanticoke Avenue will be closed for an undetermined time to repave and repair the area.

The derailment did not involve any hazardous materials, police said. There was extensive damage to the cars and surrounding pavement.

An attempt to reach the Delmarva Central Railroad Company was unsuccessful.

Besides police, Sussex County EMS and Seaford Volunteer Fire Company personnel responded to the scene.

According to its website DCR runs 188 miles of rail line in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The lines territory stretches from south of Wilmington to south of Hallwood, Virginia. The Harrington to Frankford portion branches to Milton and Gravel Hill.

DCR is managed locally from offices in Harrington, Delaware. Freight operations are based out of Harrington, Dover, Seaford and Delmar.

Craig Anderson can be reached at 741-8296 or

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