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Crews cleaning up 14-car derailment in Virginia

Virginia Train Derailment
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) - Crews worked Tuesday to get a train back on track after a derailment scattered 14 cars along a rail line in southwest Virginia.

Local officials in Wythe County said there were no injuries or property damage and the state Department of Environmental Quality reported no evidence of any spills from the Norfolk Southern derailment Monday night.

The cause of the derailment was being investigated.

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The three-engine, 33-car train was en route from Louisville to the Port of Virginia with cargo primarily destined for export.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman said 12 of the derailed cars were auto carriers while two were double-stack container cars. He could not immediately say what the container cars were hauling.

Officials at the scene concluded the cargo was fingernail polish, which is classified as a low-level hazard, Wythe County spokesman Jeremy T.K. Farley said.

DEQ staff was on the scene and found "no evidence of any spills, or any impacts to people's health or environment," spokesman William Haden wrote in an email.

Chapman said Norfolk South crews and contractors were attempting to repair the rail to get the train back on track to Norfolk before salvaging the derailed cars. The line sees about 12 trains a day.

"Right now we are holding traffic until it's repaired," he said.

Farley said the derailment runs parallel with a street that includes businesses and houses in Wythe. He said there was no apparent damage to any structures, but he said it was causing some disruptions in the town of about 30,000.

"Our main concern is making sure the public and environment is in no danger and we think that is the case," Farley said.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

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ROB SYKES July 15 2014 at 2:17 PM

Just remember Barrack it’s much safer to ship oil by train vs. a safe Keystone pipeline…

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quincy_maxwell July 15 2014 at 8:16 PM

Why do so many of these articles require you to have a damn FB account? I hate FB and refuse to use it. Am I in the minority?

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dhcougar99 quincy_maxwell July 15 2014 at 9:33 PM

The government tracking device, no thanks!

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MICHELLE quincy_maxwell July 16 2014 at 6:54 AM

Having a Facebook account does not require you to really put any personal information on it or to use it regularly. Your driver's license/state ID card and SS# are more informative.

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quincy_maxwell July 15 2014 at 8:18 PM

Remember, Dick Cheney says we do not need to spend money on infrastructure. That our primary expenditure should be to the military. And to think, many people still support this moron.

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ROB SYKES quincy_maxwell July 16 2014 at 12:42 AM

The Keystone pipeline was going to be built by private money but the Chief Jackass in Charge along with his socialist followers has a war going on against fossil fuels…

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Elizabeth ROB SYKES July 16 2014 at 5:41 AM

Was this pipeline also going to transport cars and nail polish?

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mgt0331 July 15 2014 at 2:30 PM

If you look real deep into this, the republicans are behind it. My guess is Bush is not in the hospital, he's down by the tracks with a missing piece of track in his pick up truck.

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Mike July 15 2014 at 1:04 PM

God keeps sending warnings to this hate state with more than its fair share of crackpot religious schools.

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Welcome King July 15 2014 at 11:55 PM


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stengernc July 16 2014 at 6:29 AM

Keep Fracking so we can fill trains will oil and gas instead of solar power and wind which does not spill and cause death and destruction to speak nothing of the climate changes that hydrocarbons are causing.

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MICHELLE stengernc July 16 2014 at 7:01 AM

Did you read the article? NO injuries, NO property damage, NO spills.

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