Train derailments happen. But it is rare to see the moment when a car leaves the tracks much less have it caught on camera.
A train going from Scranton to Carbondale in northeastern Pennsylvania when it derailed. The local police chief caught the whole thing on tape.
Here is the story as told by Cody Butler from our sister station WBRE.
This surveillance video shows the moment three cars derailed from the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad.
Dickson City’s acting Police Chief William Bilinsky is watching from his patrol car when the scene unfolds.
“I noticed one of the train cars, the wheel on it hopped over the track and the rail cars started to bounce until it built momentum and they tipped over.”
And this is the aftermath… sand and lumber are among the spilled cargo.
The railroad company is working with the Chief to determine the cause of derailment, early indications point toward a rail separation.
“The ground moves, the rail moves, what’s underneath it, you know, is there enough support, it could be anything. They’re going to have to determine what caused it.”
In the video, you can see the rail bending and then slamming to the ground.
Many, including Chris Slocum were drawn to the scene. She is taking pictures of something she’s never seen before.
“It’s not an everyday occurrence in Dickson City for sure. Not to say it’s something cool to happen but in a bad way it is. As long as no one was hurt.”
A report will be filed with the National Transportation Safety Board which investigates accidents.