Train derailment shuts down parts of Hwy 59 in Jefferson

Two trains collided Friday morning in Jefferson, causing a huge derailment and major traffic woes for area drivers.

The Marion County Sheriff's office said the accident happened around 10:45 a.m. Eight cars were derailed, but no hazardous chemicals spilled and there were no injuries.

According to the Jefferson Jimplecute, Emergency Management Coordinator Constable of Precinct 1, David Capps, two train cars made contact with each other at the interlock beneath the overpass of Highway 59, and it caused a chain reaction derailment.

The overpass is a main thoroughfare through Jefferson, and may be considerably compromised. The wreckage has most of of State Highway 59 north shut down indefinitely and southbound traffic is shut down between Farm-to-Market 2208 to Farm-to-Market Raod 1324. Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes. 

There is no word at this time how long the cleanup will last.

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