Train derails in Van Buren Township; police say 'no evidence of exposed hazardous materials'

Posted at 9:16 AM, Feb 16, 2023

(WXYZ) — The Van Buren Township Fire Department confirms that a train derailed near Huron River Drive this morning.

Chopper video of the scene showed multiple cars off the track. Van Buren Township Public Safety said the derailment included about 30 Northfolk Southern Railroad cars. One of the cars reportedly contained agricultural grain and the other cars were empty.

Officials say only one car in the train was carrying hazardous materials, and that it wasn't showing signs of leaking or damage. Police say there "is no evidence of exposed hazardous materials."

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released a statement regarding the derailment this morning:

“My team and I have been in touch with Supervisor Kevin McNamara, the Van Buren Fire Department, and other local officials regarding the train derailment in Van Buren Township. We are also in touch with the relevant federal authorities, including the EPA. At this time no one is aware of the release of any hazardous materials, the car carrying hazardous material has been put upright and is being removed from the area of the other derailed cars, and EPA is dispatching a team to ensure public safety. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and remain in touch with federal, state, and local officials, and release additional information as it becomes available.”

Van Buren Township Public Safety posted that Haggerty Road is now open, and that Huron River Drive West will reopen this evening.

The investigation is ongoing.

Stay with for updates on this developing story.