Crews wrap up rail repairs after derailment in Wytheville - KCTV5

Crews wrap up rail repairs after derailment in Wytheville

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On Tuesday, crews successfully removed 14 derailed cars off of the tracks in Wytheville. Railroad workers spent the day making repairs to the tracks. 

Monday's derailment happened along  one of the main rails Norfolk Southern  uses to transport goods, according to Jeremy Farley, Wythe County Public  Information Officer. 

"We are grateful no one got hurt and crews have works quickly to fix the track" said Farley.

Around 7:45 on Tuesday, railroad repair crews watched as the first train came through the area since the derailment occurred. While the tracks appear to be fixed, it will still be several days before the remaining  cars are cleared said Farley.

The responsibility lies in the hands of Norfolk Southern. No word yet regarding the estimated cost of damages caused by the derailment.


WYTHEVILLE (WSLS) - Construction crews have began laying down new track in Wytheville after a train derailed on Monday, July 14.

The crews started working early in the morning on Tuesday, July 15, to remove train cars from the tracks. They cleared out nearby trees to make a safe path for the train cars.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Southern says the tracks should be up and running by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

"We have checked and found out no chemicals or hazardous materials to be leaking," says Jeremy Farley, Wythe County Public information Officer. "We are very fortunate that no human life has been lost."

County officials say both the public and the environment are safe from danger, however the cleanup process could take several days. 

"It's nothing we're going to try and expedite," Farley says. "We're going to try and make sure it's done right and human life -- you can't put a life on that."

County officials say Norfolk Southern is responsible for cleaning up this accident. Norfolk Southern has not released an expected completion time, however, they will work diligently to ensure the situation is handled safely.

Police set up traffic detours near the accident, allowing access only to residents of the area. The detours will remain in effect until the accident is cleared.

Officials say the accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. as the train traveled east towards Roanoke. The train was carrying automobiles and nail polish.

Wytheville residents say they were shocked to see the train cars off of the tracks. 

"Heard a noise, the next thing you know you look up and the next thing you know there's a bunch of railroad cars over the road," says Scott Robinson, a Wytheville resident. "It's a pretty bad wreck. I've never seen so many cars derailed like this before."

Residents continue to wait patiently for the remnants of the accident to be cleared. 

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