SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. (WBRE) — A train going from Scranton to Carbondale only made it a few short miles before derailing this afternoon.
The clean-up continues this hour in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
This surveillance video shows the moment three cars completely derailed from the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad.
Dickson City’s Acting Police Chief William Bilinsky is watching from his patrol car as the whole incident unfolded.
“I noticed that one of the train cars, the wheel on it hopped over the track and the rail cars started to bounce until it built momentum and they tipped over,” he said.
The video shows the aftermath that crews are trying to clean up. Sand and lumber and are among the spilled cargo.
The Railroad company is working with Chief Bilinsky to determine a cause of the derailment, but initial indications lean towards a rail separation.
“The ground moves, the rail moves, what’s underneath it, you know, is there enough support it could be anything,” Bilinsky said. “They’re going to have to determine what caused it.
If you take a look at the video you can see the rail bending and the slamming to the ground, Many people, including Chris Slocum were drawn to the scene. Slocum took pictures of something she has never seen before.
“It’s not an everyday occurrence in Dickson City for sure,” she said. “Not to say it’s something cool to happen, but in a bad way, it is, as long as no one was hurt.
There was a conductor at the time of the derailment and engineer on board the train heading to Carbondale. The chief tells us a report will be filed with the National Transportation Safety Board which investigates these types of accidents.