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Train engineer hurt after 15 freight cars derail in Worcester

A train engineer was injured in Worcester Saturday morning after several freight cars rammed into an overpass and rolled off the tracks, police said.

The CSX train was traveling south on the Providence and Worcester tracks when 15 of its cars derailed at 7:45 a.m. while going under the Cambridge Street bridge, Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer said.

“We believe there were double-stacked box cars that were on an elevated track rather than the lower track, and it did not clear the bridge,” Dyer said.

The derailed cars were carrying “a bunch of assorted freight,” Dyer said. A few of the train’s cars were also carrying hazardous materials, but those were not affected by the derailment, he said.

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“There was damage to the cars . . . Some of them were turned on their side from the impact of hitting the bridge,” Dyer said.

The engineer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, he said.

The state Transportation Department and Worcester city officials deemed the bridge safe but aren’t planning to remove the cars until Monday, when they have the proper supplies, Dyer said.

The derailment posed no danger to the public, and Cambridge Street remained open throughout the incident.

The tracks will be closed at least until Monday.


Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.