A train derailment on Oil City’s North Side late Friday afternoon affected traffic on a side street for a couple of hours, but resulted in no injuries or evacuations.
The incident occurred at a crossing on Sycamore Street between Spring and Elm Streets shortly before 5:00 PM Friday. Officials were able to uncouple the train’s engine, allowing access once again to Sycamore Street and leaving two disabled train cars in a municipal parking lot.
Emergency crews say one car contained propane and the other carried brine water. Sycamore Street was once again closed as the brine water was loaded onto trucks and hauled away. The car containing the propane was declared stable, and was monitored overnight Friday night until both cars could be transported from the scene on Saturday morning.
The derailment followed about a two-week series of incidents in which local residents have been reporting strange occurrences with the railroad signals at the Center Street crossing, one block away. Several people have been reporting unexplained activations of that crossing’s warning lights and/or signal arms with no train anywhere in the area.