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Freight train derailed in Canoe-Wawbeek area

UPDATED, 9 p.m.

Details remained sketchy at 9 p.m., but Atmore News has confirmed that a CSX freight train that reportedly includes several cars of plastic pellets derailed late this afternoon (Wednesday, July 11) between Canoe and Wawbeek.

Reports from the scene are that six cars slid from the tracks and that U.S. 31 remained closed at 8:45 p.m. from Cowpen Creek Road to Sardis Church Road. Traffic on U.S. 31 is being routed down Cowpen Creek Road to Sardis Road and back to 31.

Hazardous materials personnel from Mobile have reportedly arrived and are evaluating the situation.

More details will be posted to this site as they become available.