Train derails in Petal

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PETAL, Miss. (WHLT) – A train derailed in Petal around midnight near Highway 11 and Central Avenue.

Police evacuated two homes near the site and opened a temporary shelter at the Petal Civic Center. Forrest County deputies said the evacuated neighbors can return to their homes.

There are no reported injuries.

Hattiesburg Police said the U.S. Highway 11 bridge into the City of Petal has reopened. Railroad Street and Central Avenue near McInnis Street will remain closed until further notice.

The Center for Families and Children will be closed on Friday. Petal Schools will be opened as scheduled.

Multiple agencies responded to this incident including the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, Petal Police, Petal Fire, Petal School District Police, Petal Street Department, Hattiesburg Police, Hattiesburg Fire, MDOT, MHP, MEMA, Emergency Management District, ESSI and Norfolk Southern.

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