Norfolk Southern train derails in downtown Suffolk

Norfolk Southern train derailment

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Crews are continuing to investigate a train derailment that took place in downtown Suffolk on Saturday.

Officials say the incident happened in the 300 block of Wellons Street and was reported at 6:52 a.m.

The derailment involves a Norfolk Southern train, with numerous cars leaving the track and causing a coal spill which damaged a warehouse building at the Golden Peanuts property. A home near the derailment also suffered two broken windows from the coal spill.

Neighbors told 13News Now the derailment was loud and shook their homes. Some thought it was an earthquake.

At this time, the 300 block of Wellons Street is closed, along with East Washington Street at County Street, East Washington Street at Pinner Street and East Washington Street at Liberty Street.

In addition, the traffic signal at East Washington Street and Pinner Street has been shut off by public works crews.

Train personnel are attempting to disconnect cars remaining on the track to move them further down the line. Cleanup efforts and track repairs are expected to be extensive and ongoing.

No injuries have been reported.

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