NAPPANEE, Indiana (AP) — The Latest on a freight train derailment in northern Indiana (all times local):
CSX says severe weather may have played a role in a freight train derailment in northern Indiana that injured two crew members.
The company says in a statement that while the derailment’s cause remains under investigation, “it appears that severe weather may have been a factor” in the derailment late Wednesday near Nappanee (NA’-puh-nee), about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of South Bend.
The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm swept through that area about two hours before the derailment occurred just before midnight.
But meteorologist Geoffrey Heidelberger says radar also detected high winds aloft there about 11 p.m. Wednesday as a wave of storms toppled trees and power lines throughout the region.
CSX says about 30 loaded cars and two locomotives derailed on the Chicago-bound train.
Officials say a freight train has derailed in northern Indiana, injuring two crew members and leaving a trail of damage.
WSBT-TV in South Bend reports the derailment happened late Wednesday near Nappanee in Elkhart County.
CSX says about 30 loaded cars and two locomotives all derailed just before midnight. Police say damage from the derailment extends about 1/4 mile (400 meters). None of the cars was carrying hazardous materials.
Officials said the two people hurt suffered minor injuries and were treated at hospitals.
It rained overnight in northern Indiana, although the cause of the derailment is unclear. CSX is investigating.
This story has been corrected to show the derailment happened late Wednesday, not early Thursday.