Mass. highway closed after rail tanker car derails
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police closed a two-mile section of U.S. Route 5 in West Springfield after a train tanker car carrying a flammable liquid derailed on an overhead rail trestle.
West Springfield Police Capt. Thomas Wilkinson said the tanker was leaning on the trestle, but wasn't leaking. No evacuations were ordered. The derailment happened just after 6 p.m. Thursday.
Wilkinson said the road between the Memorial Avenue rotary and the North End Bridge was closed because the trestle has some structural damage. He said heavy equipment likely will be brought in to clear the accident. He said it's not known how long the road may be closed.
The trestle crosses the highway just north of the Memorial Avenue rotary.