Train derailment in Quitman may cause delays for drivers

Train derailment in Quitman may cause delays
Train derailment in Quitman may cause delays
Posted at 5:15 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 13:49:02-04

QUITMAN, Ga. (WTXL) - Anyone traveling through the city of Quitman may be in for delays.  

A train derailed around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday and is continuing to block paths across the city, including Highway 84.

The train runs parallel to Highland Street and got off track near the engine, but remained upright.

Authorities said they are unsure when the cars will be removed but say people should expect a longer commute than normal. 

"We would ask that everyone please pay attention to those directing traffic, as well as allow yourself enough time to get where you are going because you will have to make a detour around the train derailment," Quitman Police Chief Roy Hart. 

First responders are helping direct traffic to Courtland Avenue around the train.

Authorities said the engine was put back on track and departed.

There is no word on how it got off track or when the remaining cars will be removed.

There were no injuries.

QUITMAN, Ga. (WTXL) - A train derailed in Quitman, the Brooks County Fire Department reported early Tuesday.

The derailment extends from E. Johnson behind Cass Burch to Oglesby Avenue. 

Fire officials asked people to try to avoid the railroad crossings at E. Johnson, E. Screven, E. Lafayette, E. Gordon and E. Bartow.

You can detour around these areas using Chapel St, Oglesby Ave and Hwy 76/E Courtland.