BRIEF: Train hits phone pole on tracks in Northampton; no derailment, but police investigate
Mar 09, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Norfolk Southern train ran into a telephone pole lying on the railroad track Friday night in Northampton, police said.
The northbound train did not derail and no one was injured in the 8:25 p.m. crash near Laubach Avenue and Main Street, along the Lehigh River.
Borough police said they were investigating how the pole got there.
Emergency workers pushed the pole to the east side of the track, and the train was on its way again about 40 minutes after it was forced to stop.
Police and fire units initially were dispatched to the area of Main and W. Fourth streets. They found the locomotive about eight blocks farther north, close to VFW Post 4714.
An officer radioed that there was a hazardous material in at least one tanker in the train, but that part of the train was not damaged in the crash.
The locomotive itself had so little damage it was unnoticeable, according to fire police.
-- Frank Warner
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