HOWELL (WWJ/AP) – A freight train derailed in Livingston County, leaving a mess of two dozen plus empty train cars in a rural area near Howell.

According to Fire Chief Andy Pless cleanup is going to take a while.

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“It’s out in the middle of farmland … they’ve got to bring in some crews from Ohio and upright the cars and get them back on the tracks and repair the tracks,” said Pless. “It’s going to be quite some time before they get it cleaned up.”

A property owner who alerted sheriff’s officials says the derailed cars took down several trees.

Howell Area Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Anderson says investigators are trying to figure out the cause of the derailment. The train was on its way to an Owosso rail yard and the grain cars were empty.

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The derailment happened on the Great Lakes Central rail line.

The cause for the derailment is still under investigation.

 

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