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Cleanup continues after Pan Am train derails in New Britain

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The clean up continues after a train derailed in New Britain on Tuesday (WFSB) The clean up continues after a train derailed in New Britain on Tuesday (WFSB)
Crews responded to a train derailment in New Britain on Tuesday (iwitness) Crews responded to a train derailment in New Britain on Tuesday (iwitness)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A Pan Am Railway freight train derailed in New Britain on Tuesday afternoon, causing road closures and evacuations.

The derailment happened on the train tracks near Columbus Boulevard at about 3:45 p.m. The train is a freight, so no passengers were on board.

The train was carrying non-hazardous construction debris. The weight broke through the brick barriers, spilling the waste onto the road, creating massive backups.

Officials at the scene said they were concerned about the air, so they blocked off several areas around the derailment and evacuations were underway on Tuesday evening, at businesses nearby like CVS and the U.S. Post Office.

Connecticut State Police closed the Exit 26 off-ramp on Route 9 north in New Britain, to help with traffic conditions near the derailment scene. 

Police said no injuries were reported.

It is unclear where the train was traveling to or from.

Mayor Erin Stewart said the garbage belonged to Connecticut construction company Cherry Hill.

Last week, Eyewitness News reported Pan Am trains were running more often because of increased demands.

Jeffrey Gomes said he has seen them running on the tracks before and predicted it would only be a matter of time before disaster spilled over.

“The car on the train shakes. So sooner or later, I knew something like that was about to happen,” Gomes said.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to the scene and are assessing the train cars. They said right now there is no apparent hazmat issue.

DEEP officials said portions of Columbus Boulevard won't reopen until Saturday because of the cleanup.

To see more photos from the scene, click here.

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