Repairs begin to damaged train tracks after derailment in Wayne County

Repairs begin to damaged train tracks after derailment in Wayne County

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - The train tracks that were damaged in a train derailment Thursday are currently undergoing repairs.

Crews from ZA Derailment Services in Brandon are on the scene lifting the covered hopper cars that derailed at Mar-Jac in Wayne County.

The effort involved getting the cars back on track with the use of a crane. The cars are fully loaded with grain weighing over 100 tons each.

According to the company, the job should be completed by midnight.

The train derailed Thursday around 3:30 p.m. when the tracks shattered from a combination of the weight of the cars, and the spindle on the bottom of the cars hitting the tracks.

"We are here to lend assistance because this is one of our vital industries in the community," said Joseph Dunlap, director of economic development in Wayne Co. "What we want to do is make sure they can stay open as best as possible under the circumstances with the derailment. We are here in a support role."

The railway that split is on Mar-Jac property and repairs won't cost taxpayers anything.

No one was injured in the derailment and an official on scene said they hope to have the scene cleared by the end of the day.