Train derails in Gardner, Mass.

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February 19, 2014, 4:14 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Gardner, Mass.) - The investigation is ongoing as to why a Providence and Worcester Railroad Company freight train derailed Wednesday in Gardner, Mass.

Four train cars filled with new vehicles flipped off its tracks, blocking off a portion of South Main Street. The large wheels from the cars were also completely off the tracks.

"I'm amazed no one got hurt," said resident Derek Drowne.

Officials did confirm for NECN that no one was injured.

The derailment happened just before 4 p.m. The train, according to company officials, was headed to Worcester.

One of the train cars even brushed right up against a home.

"It's insane. I've lived here for 35 years, never seen anything like it before," said Drowne.

Nearby residents, who live just feet away from the tracks, heard it all happen.

Mark Sillanpaa said it sounded like, "a thunder, continuous thunder, and the cars just started going."

Officials from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company say they also own the train tracks. They say the cars that derailed were at the end of the train.

Neighbors say they're glad it's a slow-moving train, fearing things could have been worse.

Mayor Mark Hawke was also at the scene. He says it could be "days" before it's all cleaned up.

Residents didn't seem too concerned about driving because there's other ways to navigate around the derailment.

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