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Minor train derailment causes traffic delays in Vicksburg

A minor train derailment causes traffic delays and blocks access to the west side of the village of Vicksburg Sunday night, according to a representative with the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority. (WWMT)

A minor train derailment caused traffic delays and blocked access to the west side of the village of Vicksburg Sunday night, according to a representative with the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority.

Jonathan Abecassis, a spokesperson with Canadian National Railway, said a single car, upright derailment took place and caused the car to come to a complete stop. Railway authorities were able to detach a length of the train from the disrupted car and move it out of the intersection affected near E. W Avenue and Portage Road, about one mile east of 18th Street.

The car was not carrying anything hazardous, according to Abecassis. In fact, the train was carrying wood pulp. No injuries have been reported in the incident.

Abecassis expressed his apologies on behalf of the company and said he understands it was a disruption to the local community. The derailment was cleaned up Sunday night and did not impact Monday morning's commute.

Officials advised drivers to take either Sprinkle Road into the village from the north or going south around Barton Lake and taking 24th Street back up north until the road was clear.

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