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UPDATE: SR 9 reopens after Fountaintown train derailment; no injuries reported

The derailment shut down State Road 9 north of U.S. 52 in Shelby County until Thursday evening.

FOUNTAINTOWN, Ind. — A train derailment in Shelby County shut down traffic on State Road 9 north of U.S. 52 Thursday morning. The cars from a westbound CSX train came off the track in Fountaintown, just northwest of the intersection of U.S. 52 and S.R. 9. 

Nobody was injured and there was no hazardous material spilled, according to Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith. IFD hazmat teams assessed the scene.

Credit: WTHR

Approximately 80 cars were in the train, according to Reith. Twelve came off the tracks.

Two cars ruptured. One was carrying used cooking oil and the other was transporting plastic pellets. IFD hazmat crews secured the leak. 

Division Street in Fountaintown was also closed, as well as Hancock County Road 500 South between CR 100 East and Meridian Road.

Images from the scene show at least three tank cars off the tracks in Fountaintown.

Reith said CSX investigators are assessing damage and working to determine what caused the derailment. She said the wheels were off at least one car, and approximately 100 feet of rail was broken and pulled up from the railbed. 

Shelby County authorities were going door-to-door along Division Road in Fountaintown to warn residents of possible evacuations. Five homes near the tracks were asked to evacuate as a precaution until investigators determined there was no danger from hazardous materials. Those residents have since moved back into their homes.

INDOT reported SR 9 reopened shortly after 6 p.m.. There was no word when other roads and crossings in the area will reopen, or when the tracks will be repaired and rail traffic will resume through the area.

Power in the area was restored late Thursday evening, the Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department posted. 

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