Train Derailment in Marlow Sunday

by Toni Hopper

When Chad and Christy Davis' house started shaking, their 12-year-old daughter Cora ran out the front door to see what the noise and ruckus was - and yelled that the train was crashing off the tracks.

Chad said that it was extremely loud. Railcar wheels landed in a neighbor's yard about three doors south.

It wasn't a typical Sunday afternoon for the residents of Marlow when the train derailed around 12:30 p.m. Marlow Police and Firefighters responded quickly and had area residents along First and Railroad Streets on the north end of the city take precautions to move their cars to side streets in case of evacuation. Margie Stallons was one of those residents who lived directly across from the main portion of the derailment.

Firefighters extinguished hotspots that flared up along the tracks.

The line is maintained by Union Pacific, and it is expected the cleanup could take several days. Main Street and other east/west roads were closed temporarily. Officials said Sunday that the cars which derailed was not a hazmat situation.