Tennessee train derailment sends rail cars plowing into buildings
Local police say that 50 Norfolk Southern cars have derailed, and at least two buildings were damaged, but no one was injured
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Authorities in Tennessee say a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Knoxville, sending rail cars carrying shipping containers off the tracks, with some of them plowing into buildings. No one was injured.
The News-Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn. reported police tweeted that 50 cars derailed, and at least two buildings were damaged. Firefighters at the scene were looking for potential hazards.
A spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern told the newspaper 10 cars derailed at around 10:15 p.m. EDT Saturday, noting that it appears shipping containers on the train fell off as the rail cars left the tracks.
A police dispatcher said cargo from the derailed train was also off the tracks, but she had no information on the type of cargo.