Train derails on Farley Rd. in Wendell

Franklin County

A train carrying hydrocholoric acid derailed in Wendell overnight. 

Six cars on a Pan Am train derailed just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. Four of those cars overturned just off of Farley Road. 

Wendell and New Salem Fire Chief Joseph Cuneo said there were no passengers on board at the time, but some of the the train cars were filled with hydrocholoric acid. 

Cuneo told 22News the heavy rains may have been a factor in the derailment. 

“We can’t tell for sure, but that’s the supposition,” said Chief Cuneo. “There’s a washout, it’s clear. it’s obvious down there.”

Chief Cuneo said the derailment did not cause any of the hydrocholeric acid to leak and this is not a hazmat situation. 

“The primary concern right now is stabilizing the hydrocholoric acid tank car,” said Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey. “The railroad is taking care of that operation.”

Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey said hazmat will be on standby during this process in case a leak does happen. 

After all of the cars are turned upright, the tracks will be cleared and repaired by Pan Am. 

Cuneo said once that process is complete, the rails will reopen. He did not have a timeline for how long the cleanup might take. 

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