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94-year-old DeKalb County man reacts to train derailment

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AUBURN, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A big pile up from a train derailment in DeKalb County Wednesday morning will have crews cleaning up for at least the next day.

Police say there were no injuries and they're still figuring out what happened.

ABC21 talked with a neighbor close by on what he saw.

"A bunch of white smoke or dust," 94-year-old Arthur Newcomer said. "I've never seen that when a train goes by. After it cleared up, then I knew and I could see what we had."

Police say seven cars did have hazardous materials but the site was deemed safe with no leaks, which meant no evacuation.

"It takes a while to try and gather what information is in each rail car," Deputy Chief Roger Powers of Auburn Police Department said. "We were using binoculars, we used a drone and we actually sent firefighters up and around those certain cars that are marked as hazardous material so that we can see if there was any leakage."

Police say there is no threat to the area.

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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