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VIDEO: Train derails in Van Buren Township, Michigan

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According to reports, the train derailment happened on Thursday in Van Buren Township outside Michigan‘s Detroit.

It is currently unclear what caused the derailment.

Police told Fox News that there were no injuries and there is no hazardous material concern in the area.

Van Buren Township train derailment sent three railroad cars off the tracks

According to officials, at least six train cars were observed off the track, with one of them carrying hazardous materials.

The police have announced that the roads in the region will be closed. Meanwhile, an investigation into the incident is underway.

“We are also in touch with the relevant federal authorities, including the EPA,” Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. told Fox2 Detroit.

“At this time no one is aware of the release of any hazardous materials. The car carrying hazardous material has been put upright and is being removed from the area of the other derailed cars, and EPA is dispatching a team to ensure public safety,” she said.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy are also “aware of the train derailment in Van Buren Township, Wayne County, where initial reports indicate no threat to the public from the derailment.

“EGLE personnel are on their way to the scene to assist in assessing the situation,” it added.

Incident comes nearly two weeks after East Palestine, Ohio disaster

Just a few days ago, a train transporting dangerous materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. The incident eventually necessitated a controlled burn, causing concerns among the residents living in the vicinity.

On February 3, a Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, and documents from the railway company revealed that the train was carrying numerous dangerous chemical compounds, including the remnants of one known to cause genetic mutations.

The chemical spill caused by the derailment had killed an estimated 3,500 small fish across 712 miles of streams, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Some residents living near the derailment site are concerned that they and their animals will be exposed to toxins through the air, water, and soil.

The authorities are still investigating the event.

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