Train derails in Owosso, spilling grain and delaying North Pole Express

OWOSSO (WJRT) (11/17/18) - Owosso police along with the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of a train derailment in the city of Owosso.

It happened between M-52 and Cedar Street along Cass Street, Saturday night.

The sheriff said the 96-car train were transporting grain, headed to Canada. The derailment started at the 77th car in line for an unknown reason.

Most of the cars that derailed and tipped over were hauling corn and grain, which spilled along the tracks.

"We got crews coming out of Toledo who will start backing the cars out to get the grain off of them to make it easier to handle," said Great Lakes Central Railroad President Chris Bagwell.

Railroad crews were investigating what caused the cars to leave the tracks and tip over. He said the incident came at an inopportune time for the railroad.

"This does set us back," Bagwell said. "Right now, we're in the peak of the harvest season."

The incident also created a major delay for the North Pole Express train, which was inbound to Owosso behind the derailed train with 900 passengers on board. Those passengers had their ride cut a little short.

The sheriff's office coordinated with the Great Lakes Central Railroad and The Steam Railroad Institute, which operates the North Pole Express, to transport the passengers back into town on 50 buses.

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