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January 30, 2014

Railroad crossing re-opened after coal car derailment

RICHLANDS, Va. — A railroad crossing in the Jewell Ridge area re-opened Wednesday after a train derailment was cleared away.

Seven empty coal cars in a train traveling from Norfolk to Grundy,Va., derailed Wednesday in the Jewell Ridge section of Tazewell County. No injuries were reported, and crews with the Norfolk Southern Railroad started working at the scene that same day. The train had four engines and 179 empty hopper cars.

Robin Chapman, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern, said Wednesday morning that crews expected to have the tracks cleared by that afternoon. The derailment’s cause was still under investigation.

Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said Wednesday that two deputies were on duty to direct traffic at the crossing on Route 67 in Jewell Ridge.

“We’ve got one road,” he said. “Two officers are helping right now. It’s just blocked at times while they’re moving big equipment. It’s not totally blocked for any long time.”

Hieatt later said when he called the deputies at approximately 4:45 p.m. he was informed that they were about the leave the scene. Rail crews told the deputies that they would not be needed today.

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