Road Still Blocked by Derailment Debris

Cleanup of a Norfolk Southern derailment in Gary, Indiana, is continuing and as a result a major road near the site remains closed.

The 20-car derailment, which occurred on Dec. 23, did not result in any injuries or the spillage of hazardous materials.

Although the rail line was reopened soon after the derailment, U.S. Route 12 is expected to remain closed for more than a week.

The highway is a primary artery in Gary. Officials said mechanical debris remains along the highway, which is near Indiana Dunes National Park.

The derailment involved a 123-car train headed from Chicago to Elkhart, Indiana.

NS spokesman Jeff DeGraff said Monday the cause of the derailment is still under investigation and workers are continuing to clear the site and make repairs to the track infrastructure.

Much of the wreckage involved overturned covered hopper cars.

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