Partial train derailment in northeast Georgia threatens area creek

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ATLANTA -- Authorities are working to keep about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel out of a Georgia creek after a partial train derailment in the northern part of the state.

According to Pickens County Sheriff's Office Lt. Kris Stancil, the incident happened on the Pickens-Gilmer County line at 2949 Whitestone Rd. when the engine of a Georgia Northeastern Railroad freight train jumped the rail.

The locomotive is now tilting and spilling the diesel fuel - all while endangering a nearby creek.  Now crews from the local fire department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Cherokee County Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) are working to divert the flow from the water source.

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Fortunately, there are no injuries reported and the train is not blocking any major roads in the area.