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First-Responders, Owosso Community Praised for Rallying to Bring 900 North Pole Express Passengers Back to SRI After Saturday Freight Train Derailment

50 Busses Transport Stranded Passengers After Derailed Freight Train Prevents Pere Marquette 1225's Return Home from Ashley

Posted by Durand Now at 1:53pm 11/19/18

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Hoppers remained overturned on Sunday morning November 18th after a Saturday evening derailment in downtown Owosso./Kendra Nichols

First-responders and community members are being hailed as heroes after a Saturday night freight train derailment occupied the line that the popular North Pole Express, pulled by the historic Pere Marquette 1225, travels to transport passengers to and from the village of Ashley.

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Workers look at an overturned hopper that spilled grain along Cass Street in Owosso on the evening of Saturday, November 17th 2018./Kendra Nichols

The regularly sold-out excursion was carrying 900 passengers back to Owosso from Ashley when the freight train derailment occurred along Cass Street between M-52 and Cedar Street in downtown Owosso.

It took less than an hour for first responders and community members to organize busses to meet the passenger train.  Fifty busses from Owosso Public Schools, Shiawassee RESD and Indian Trails picked up the stranded passengers and transported them back to Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office, Great Lakes Central Railroad ("GLC") and Steam Railroading Institute ("SRI") are credited with moving quickly to organize the transportation, and numerous organizations and individuals are being credited with helping things happen efficiently.  The busses rendezvoused with the North Pole Express, three miles from SRI, at the corner of Mason and Delaney roads.

ABC 12 reported the freight train was 96 cars long and it was the 77th car that initially left the tracks.  A reported ten total cars, most carrying corn or grain, called 'hoppers,' derailed, however, not all of them overturned.  GLC President, Chris Bagwell, told the TV station that the timing is particularly inopportune as its the peak of the harvest season.  An investigation continues into what caused the derailment.  The freight train was headed to Canada.

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