Houston & Peach

Train carrying chemicals, car parts derails in Houston County, shuts down Ga. 247

A train loaded with chemicals and car parts derailed in Houston County, blocking all lanes of Ga. 247, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The derailment, involving more than 20 train cars, occurred in a wooded area near Perdue Farms Inc. and the Ga. 247 spur at Sandbed Road shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. There was no chemical spillage or injuries, GDOT spokeswoman Penny Brooks said.

The highway will be closed for at least two days while railroad crews work to repair the tracks, Brooks said. Drivers can call 511 for help with alternate routes and a trained operator will provide assistance.

The train’s cargo included hydrochloric acid and car parts.

Some in Warner Robins were without gas Wednesday because the train hit a high pressure gas main, so the gas was turned off, the city announced.

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