NC-bound train derails; 400 SC residents evacuated returning home

Train wreck in South Carolina (Source: Newspath)
Train wreck in South Carolina (Source: Newspath)

LIBERTY, S.C. (AP) — All of the South Carolina residents evacuated when 16 cars of a train derailed in northern South Carolina have been allowed to return home.

Multiple media outlets reported the Norfolk Southern freight train carrying flammable alcohol derailed near Liberty late Thursday afternoon.

No one was hurt.

More than 400 homes within a mile of the house were evacuated as officials tried to determine what was on the train.

Residents of the final 11 homes were allowed to return home early Friday.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the derailment.

Thom Berry with the Department of Health and Environmental Control says tests showed no dangerous materials in the air. He says the liquids were contained at the site. Berry says the train was headed from Atlanta to Linwood, N.C.