Train derailment cleared in Upper Township

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The lead engine went off the tracks near the Glory Road crossing in Marmora. The lead engine went off the tracks near the Glory Road crossing in Marmora. MARMORA – The lead engine of a coal train derailed in Marmora Saturday and blocked traffic on Tuckahoe Road for more than two hours.

The Conrail train was heading to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point. Three engines were pulling 88 hopper cars full of coal.

No injuries were reported and the rail line suffered only minor damage. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, according to officials.

The lead engine went off the tracks at the Glory Road grade crossing shortly after 2 p.m., said Marmora Fire Chief Jay Newman. The Marmora Volunteer Fire Company was called to redirect traffic and to check for damage to the derailed engine’s fuel tanks, he said.

The total train length was 4,400 feet, Newman said. The crossings at Glory Road and Tuckahoe Road were blocked for more than two hours, and traffic was redirected onto Stagecoach Road, he said.

After the derailed engine was secured, the remaining two engines detached and pushed coal cars back to Church Road. They then detached the coal cars at Tuckahoe Road and pulled them up to clear all the grade crossings.

A large crane was brought in on Sunday to put the lead engine back on tracks, and a portion of Tuckahoe Road was blocked in the afternoon.

Hopper cars full of coal block Tuckahoe Road near Marlas Hill Drive in Marmora. Hopper cars full of coal block Tuckahoe Road near Marlas Hill Drive in Marmora.


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