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Guntersville train derailment blocks Hwy. 227 traffic

A train derailed and blocked Highway 227 in Guntersville Tuesday. (Source: WAFF) A train derailed and blocked Highway 227 in Guntersville Tuesday. (Source: WAFF)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A train derailment in Marshall County caused traffic to be detoured for hours Tuesday.

It happened around 10 a.m. on Highway 227, just a couple blocks off the intersection of Highway 431 in downtown Guntersville.

It was estimated it would take at least five hours to get cleared, but motorists who use the popular highway stayed in good spirits despite the detour.

At least three cars crossing the road were derailed.

That prompted motorists to be detoured around the highway to the other side. Just a little frustrating, especially if you were almost to your destination, like Patricia Cox.

"It's blocking me from my house... about two blocks away," Cox said. "I'm going to have to go all the way back out 431 and around."

Motorists continued to make the detour until the train could be set back right and on its way. But some motorists said they'd enjoy the day in town instead of making that detour.

"I have no way of getting home," Doug Perry said. "I guess I'll just go to the library."

Officials with Alabama and Tennessee River Rail said they were still investigating what led to the derailment. No injuries were reported.

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