(Montchanin, Delaware – December 9, 2011)
An East Penn Railroad freight train derailed four of its 20 cars near downtown Montchanin, DE Friday afternoon about 2:30 P.M., causing both concern and congestion for several hours.
One of the derailed cars contained 27,000 gallons of highly flammable and explosive butane, but no leaks were detected.
Meanwhile, the derailment tied up traffic by closing Montchanin Road (Delaware Highway 100), Rockland Road and Kirk Road, necessitating Friday rush hour detours.
The train, operated by one of Regional Rail, LLC’s growing number of short lines, was traveling at 10 mph at the time of the accident.