Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

January 29, 2014

Coal cars derail

RICHLANDS, Va. — Seven empty coal cars from a train traveling from Norfolk to Grundy derailed Tuesday in the Jewell Ridge section of Tazewell County.

No injures were reported.

Robin Chapman, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern, said seven cars from an empty coal train with four engines and 179 empty hoppers derailed.

“There were no injuries and no hazmat releases,” Chapman said. “No effect on operations.”

Chapman said the cause of the derailment is still under investigation. He said NS crews hope to have the site cleared by Wednesday. Chapman said the derailment was reported at 12:30 p.m.

Chapman said the train was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Grundy, Va.

Norfolk Southern crews were on the scene, but declined an interview with the Daily Telegraph Tuesday afternoon.

Crews and large equipment were brought in to help clean up the derailed cars.

Despite the snow and messy road conditions, the road was still open.

Approximately 10 Norfolk Southern crews were on scene, unloading two backhoes to begin the clean up process.

 — Assistant Managing Editor Charles Owens contributed to this report.

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