Montchanin train derailment 121119

Montchanin Road has been reopened, 24 hours after it was closed due to a train derailment.

Four cars of an East Penn Railroad freight train derailed just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Three of the four cars were tankers carrying liquid petroleum gas.

Any potential safety issues were deemed under control in about 90 minutes from the derailment.

DNREC took over the scene as crews brought in heavy equipment to right the train cars.

It was eight years ago, nearly to the day, that four cars of an East Penn freight train derailed in almost the same location.

On December 9, 2011, a derailment occurred near Montchanin Village where the rail line crosses both Rockland and Montchanin roads.

According to a report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), a broken joint bar was blamed for the derailment.