Officials say train derails in Virginia; no injuries or hazardous spills reported

The Associated Press
July 14, 2014 07:12 PM

This photo provided by the Wythe County public information officer, Jeremy T.K. Farley, shows the scene after 14 railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, Va., on Monday, July 14, 2014. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Wythe County, Jeremy T.K. Farley)

WYTHEVILLE, Va. - Authorities in southwestern Virginia say 14 Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, but no injuries were reported.

Wythe County public information officer Jeremy T.K. Farley says in a statement that a 911 call reported a derailment around 6:15 p.m. at the railroad line's intersection with Grayson Turnpike and Old Stage Road.

Farley says many of the derailed cars contained automobiles, while others contained fingernail polish.

The statement says emergency personnel believe no chemicals have spilled.

Farley says the derailment happened in a crowded neighbourhood. No official evacuation order was issued, although officials kept some people from returning to homes while the scene was evaluated.

Wytheville Police Chief Rick Arnold told WDBJ the public is advised to avoid travel through the area. Farley says cleanup will take several days.


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