LANCASTER -- Nearly 20 railroad cars derailed early Saturday morning in Lancaster, awaking residents in the area of Whitcomb Drive and leaving a mess that was being worked on Sunday morning.
The derailing left no one injured and posed no hazardous threat, according to a release from the Lancaster Fire Department. The release said that the B&M cargo train had stalled around 1 a.m. and once it got going again, it careened off the rails.
Officials say most of the cars contained scrap wood, though one reportedly was carrying propane and another left a Whitcomb Drive backyard partially covered in corn.
Several residents of the area said they heard the train squealing of the tracks before hearing a thunderous crash during Saturday's early hours.
Many cars remained leaning on an embankment Sunday morning while crews attempted to lift them with cranes. Donald LaFountaine's backyard saw a landslide of corn -- which he believed to be transported chicken feed.
"We heard the rumble of the train and it sounds a bit different than it usually does," LaFountaine said. "You couldn't really see much when it happened, but when we came out in the morning, you saw the cars way off the track and people were up there worki
No cause for the derailing had been determined Sunday morning.