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Broken track blamed for Michigan freight-train derailment

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An official says a broken section of track is responsible for a freight-train derailment in southeastern Michigan that forced about two dozen empty grain cars off the tracks.

No one was injured when the train derailed Sunday morning in Livingston County's Howell Township. A property owner who alerted sheriff's officials says the derailed cars took down several trees. The locomotive remained upright and on the tracks.

Chris Bagwell, general manager of Great Lakes Central Railroad, says a 3-foot piece of railroad track broke, causing the derailment.

Brent Earl, whose family farm is nearby, tells the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell that the impact "shook the ground so much" it was startling.

WHMI-FM reports cleanup continues Monday. The train was on its way to an Owosso rail yard.

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