It was a very close call Sunday night for residents in Kirkland. If the events didn't happen just as they did, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says a major part of the town of Kirkland would have been up in flames.
Just before 8 p.m. about seven cars derailed in Kirkland near Route 72. Two cars carrying corn tipped over, but other cars contained some type of hazardous material. The train hit the front of a parked tanker truck. Fortunately, the rig was empty.
This could have been a disastrous situation since a semi was involved. Kirkland's fuel storage tanks were very close, and power lines are all around the accident scene.
Kirkland Assistant Fire Chief Mike Stott also says that the train was only going about 10 mph verses the normal 30 mph.
Stott says, “We were very fortunate. We train for something like this, but it rarely ever happens. This could have been a lot worse so we are very fortunate.”
It's expected to take one to two days to clean the mess up. There’s no word on what caused this derailment, which hasn't happened in Kirkland since 1960.