Officials: Train derails in Virginia; no injuries

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 2:02 AM

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — A county spokesman says there are no reports of injuries or hazardous spills after 14 Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad cars carrying automobiles and fingernail polish derailed in Virginia.

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. in the southwestern Virginia town of Wytheville.

He says emergency personnel believe no chemicals have spilled. No injuries were reported.

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

Farley says the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause. A Norfolk Southern spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment late Monday.

Farley says cleanup will take several days.

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