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Four train cars roll off tracks in Gardner

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Investigators in Gardner are working to figure out what caused a train to go off the tracks Wednesday.

"I heard a big bang and I saw my telephone pole swinging back and forth about 45 degrees. So as you can see it's pretty dramatic,” Mel Bouchard, a neighbor of the train tracks, said.

The mayor of Gardner said the last four cars of the 80-car freight train derailed just after 4 p.m.

A set of wheels came to a rest in Tom Montville’s backyard, about 60 yards from where the cars finally came to rest.

"If it went the other way yeah, it turned over that way. It could have destroyed this whole neighborhood if it went this way. My house is literally like 15 feet from the tracks,” Montville said.

The train is owned by Providence and Worcester Railroad.

A contractor out of New York was on scene and brought heavy equipment to begin the process of up-righting the cars. It could be the weekend until that's done.

Gardner’s Mayor said Rt. 2A was closed a couple hours Wednesday because the 80-car train was blocking the route. They managed to clear that area and 2A will be open Thursday.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong.

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