Buckled railroad track blamed in fiery Indiana train derailment

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PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a buckled stretch of track is believed to have caused a fiery freight train derailment in southwestern Indiana that belched black smoke into the sky and forced the evacuation of nearby homes.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that the update on the investigation comes in a report to the Federal Railroad Administration from rail operator CSX.

The derailment happened June 17 near a trailer park in Princeton, about 150 miles southwest of Indianapolis. No one was injured in the derailment, but 23 freight cars went off the tracks.

Five of the derailed cars contained propane, but authorities said most of the smoke came from burning cars loaded with french fries.

Damage was estimated at $1.8 million. The Federal Railroad Administration says the investigation is ongoing.

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