Norfolk Southern: Train derailment scene cleared, new track expected to be completed

The 68-car train was carrying a variety of cargo, none of which was hazardous.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – After a train derailed in North Knoxville over the weekend, crews are laying down a new railroad track.

A Norfolk Southern train derailed near Inskip Drive on Saturday night around 10 p.m., spilling shipping containers and damaging buildings.

The train was not carrying hazardous materials and no one was injured.

Norfolk Southern Director of Public Relations Susan Terpay says a total of 19 cars left the track. Eighteen of those cars were carrying shipping containers. The 19th car carried automobiles. The train was made up of three locomotives and 68 rail cars.

Some rail cars struck nearby buildings, at least two of which were damaged. Gerdau Construction Products, a steel manufacturer, was struck by the derailed cars and appears to have sustained significant damage.

Knoxville police say there were many rail cars hanging precariously off the track.

Norfolk Southern along with Knoxville police and fire crews monitored the derailment and checked for any potential hazards overnight.  No evacuations were needed.

Knoxville police say any unauthorized people who get on the tracks will be taken to jail.

Nearby residents recall hearing a loud screeching sound before the derailment happened.

Police say Norfolk Southern will head up the investigation into why the train derailed.

Stay with WATE 6 On Your Side for continuing coverage of the derailment.


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