Six Hurt in Train Derailment in West Ala. Community

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) - Officials say six people were injured Wednesday when a train carrying segments of the solid rocket boosters for the NASA space shuttle derailed in the Myrtlewood community in Marengo County.

The accident site is just south of Demopolis along Highway 114, not far from the Choctaw County line.

NASA spokesman Kyle Herring says the space agency sent teams to check if the equipment was damaged. The boosters were headed to Florida after leaving Utah.

Officials with the state Emergency Management Agency says a railroad bridge collapsed, causing the train crash.

At least six people were injured and two of the victims were taken by air ambulance to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.

Three of the injuries were described as being non-life-threatening but the condition of the other three wasn't immediately known.

NASA spokesman Allard Beutel in Washington, D.C, says the accident should not delay any scheduled shuttle launches.

County officials are working to secure the site and clean up the wreckage. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the bridge to collapse.

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