No injuries in train derailment in Lowndes Co.

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — An Alabama Southern Railroad train derailed Tuesday in a rural area of Lowndes County, overturning about 12 cars.

Lowndes County officials say the westbound train hit a broken rail at about 7:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Authorities say some of the cars carried hazardous materials.

The Columbus Hazmat team was called in to assess three cars that were separately carrying nitrous oxide, turpentine and methyl phenol, a chemical used in the treatment of wood products.

Officials say the team determined that there was no immediate danger.

The railroad was bringing in a private contractor to right the cars and clear the hazardous materials.

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