Derailed cars sit off and in the middle of Hobbs Island Rd. in Huntsville on April 3. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
Derailed cars sit off and in the middle of Hobbs Island Rd. in Huntsville on April 3. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

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Train cars derail near Tennessee River in Madison County

Published 1:56pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — A mid afternoon derailment on April 3 closed down Hobbs Island Rd. and Cap Adkins Rd. for eight hours.

A group of about four derailed train cars caused major headaches for commuters in southeastern Madison County on Wednesday. According to officials with a local railroad construction company, the cars started from the top of a hill at the Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials plant and hit a switch that partially derailed it.

Pieces of broken track at the scene of the accident. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
Pieces of broken track at the scene of the accident. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

Officials with Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials declined to comment.

Construction workers at the scene, who requested anonymity, said this is the third time they have been called out to the plant because of a derailment and that they were thankful that there were no cars were driving across the road when the cars rolled downhill. The plant is located just along the Tennessee River and if the first car had not derailed off the tracks, officials said it would have most likely ended up in the river.

Huntsville Police blocked off Hobbs Island Rd. and diverted commuters down Hegia Burrow Rd.

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