Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 15, 2014

Norfolk Southern train derails in Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. — Almost a dozen railroad cars derailed Monday evening in city of Wytheville, Va., along Route 21.

Norfolk Southern Railroad crews were en route soon after the accident was reported, according to Robin Chapman, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Chapman told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the derailment occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m.

“This is an eastbound intermodal train going from Louisville, Ky., to Norfolk, Va., and it consisted of 33 rail cars and three locomotives,” Chapman said.

Nine of the cars that derailed were carrying automobiles. Two double-stack container cars were also on the ground, he said.

Some of the cargo’s items such as amine oxide are possible water contaminants, but the site of the derailment was not near a waterway, Chapman said. There was no report of gases being emitted.

“The latest I have is that there is no hazmat (hazardous materials) involved,” Chapman added late Monday evening. No injuries had been reported.

The cause of the derailment had not been determined Monday evening, but Chapman said there would be an investigation.

Route 21, or Grayson Turnpike, was blocked by the accident, according to a dispatcher with the Virginia State Police in Wytheville. There was no immediate estimate about when the road would be cleared.

Traffic control was being handled by the Wytheville Police Department. Members of the local police could not be reached for additional comments.

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