BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) - Crews remain on scene after a partial freight train derailment in Bristol Wednesday morning.
It happened around 6 a.m. in the area of Riverside Avenue and Mellen Street.
Mellen Street was closed but has since reopened.
A PanAm Railways train carrying construction materials partially derailed.
Eversource wasn't able to cut the power until mid-afternoon, which caused cleanup to wait.
Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president with PanAm, said it could take a few days for the company to remove the train and repair the track.
She also said the company hopes to know within a few days what case the derailment.
Tom Durso, a lifelong train enthusiast, suspects the derailment is due to the track being old and in poor shape.
"I would just guess that it was probably bad track, bad ties, you know when the heavy car comes over it, the track gives out and it just flips them right over," Durso said.
People who live in the area feel lucky when they look at the mangled metal because they understand the situation could have been much worse.
"It’s fortunate that it happened where it did where there wasn’t other people, and there was something that they could fall over against," said Beverly Colby, a resident of Bristol.
PanAm has had two derailments along the same line in New Britain. One happened in 2016 and the other in 2018.
Scarano said safety is a priority for PanAm.
They said there was no hazmat situation. Only dry material spilled.
Police said there was no danger to the public.
No injuries were reported.
The conductor didn't recognize that a car derailed and continued, police said. As a result, six to seven other cars derailed in that area.
A three to five day cleanup is expected.
Businesses in the area said they were not impacted but are continuing to watch the situation.
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