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Train derailment closes roads in downtown Statesboro
No injuries reported
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A freight car derailed at the intersection of South Main and Fair Road, shutting down traffic for about 1 1/2 hours.

Police rerouted traffic from South Main and Fair Road for about an hour and a half Wednesday after a train derailment.

Georgia Southern Railways operations center director Robert Athen said the cause of the derailment is yet unknown, but railway employees are investigating the incident.

There were no injuries, he said. The train did not overturn and no other vehicles were involved.

Statesboro police were on the scene immediately after the derailment was reported around 11:50 a.m., clearing portions of West Jones Avenue and South College Street for traffic. South Main Street and Fair Road were closed until around 1:30 p.m., according to reports from law enforcement radio traffic and Statesboro Police Cpl. Justin Samples.

Athen said a common cause of train derailment in short lines such as the line in Statesboro is railroad ties “going bad” and not holding spikes in place. The rails then widen, causing derailment.

However, he said the cause of Wednesday’s accident is yet unknown. Such derailments are not uncommon, he said.


Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.