A dozen train cars derail in southeast Warren, police say

Stephens Road blocked near Schoenherr Road Thursday morning

About 20 train cars derailed in southeast Warren on Sept. 29, 2022 (WDIV)

WARREN, Mich. – Several train cars derailed Thursday morning on the southeast side of Warren.

Police told Local 4 that at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 12 train cars derailed in the area of Schoenherr and Stephens roads. Officials initially reported that 20 train cars derailed, then later reported that it was 16 train cars. It has been confirmed Friday morning that 12 of 151 train cars actually derailed.

It is currently unclear what led to the derailment.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said in a Facebook post that three of the train cars that derailed were tanker cars containing liquid chlorine and unrefined alcohol, but that no leak has been detected. Fouts says there is “no threat to public safety.”

UPDATE: Warren train car derailment latest: 2 roads still closed, some chemicals leaked

Fouts did say that the train tracks are destroyed where the train cars derailed. Several train cars were reportedly “stacked up” on the tracks approximately between Bunert and Hoover roads.

Police say no injuries occurred during the derailment.

After closing Thursday morning, the following roads are now open to traffic as of Thursday afternoon:

  • 10 Mile Road between Groesbeck Highway and Schoenherr Road
  • Schoenherr Road between 10 Mile Road and Stephens Road

Stephens Road remains closed to traffic as of Thursday afternoon.

“Thankfully, we do not have any injuries or any major environmental concerns as a result of this train derailment,” said Warren police Commissioner William Dwyer. “We are encouraging the public to avoid the area so that crews can work to clear the derailment as fast as possible. We will continue to keep the public advised of any new information related to this incident.”

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