Traffic Blocked On Hobbs Island Road Due To Train Car Derailment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police have closed off the area near Hobbs Island Road and Cap Adkins to traffic due to a train car coming off the railroad tracks.

The final car being placed back on the tracks.

The final car being placed back on the tracks.

The car derailed around 11:30 a.m.  Police say the area will be closed to traffic until approximately 5 or 6 p.m.  Please use another route if you plan to drive this way.

A representative from Saint-Gobain Communications, the owners of the yard the train was stationed in, said, “At the Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials plant in Huntsville earlier today, several railcars were being relocated to another rail spur using a ‘Track mobile.’

“The material in the railcars was zircon sand, an inert, harmless material we use as a raw material in the manufacture of ceramic products. During the transfer of the railcars a derailment occurred. The cause of the incident is under investigation. No one was injured during the incident and production at the plant was not affected.

“We regret the inconvenience to our neighbors resulting from the disruption to normal traffic patterns.”