'Creaking, crunching': Train derails in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A freight train derailed in Kalamazoo Tuesday morning, blocking some roads during the morning commute and causing some damage to a nearby building.

The damage was limited, however, and no one was hurt.

"Really, this is the best-case scenario for something like this," Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas said.

Shortly before 7 a.m., about 15 cars fell off the tracks alongside Porter Street between Kalamazoo Avenue and Willard Street. The cause of the derailment is not yet known.

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