More than dozen locomotives and railcars derail in Anson County

Updated: Sep. 16, 2018 at 8:26 PM EDT
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ANSON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Nine locomotives and five railcars derailed in Anson County, North Carolina Sunday evening, leading to at least one road closure in the area.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. near Gravel Plant Road in Lilesville.

“CSX personnel are responding to the scene and are in communication with Anson County emergency personnel as we work to assess the situation,” a CSX spokesperson said. “The safety of everyone on site and the local community is our top priority. As more information is confirmed we will provide updates on the situation.”

CSX corporate communications reported the train crew was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, and personnel on site have confirmed there is no fire.

“The safety of everyone on site and the surrounding community is our top priority,” said Manager of CSX Media Relations, Laura Phelps. “None of the derailed cars were carrying hazardous material and none spilled their contents... We apologize to the community for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Some of the locomotives released an undetermined amount of diesel fuel and motor oil, and CSX is coordinating closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency through the recovery process.

Haileys Ferry Road was blocked at the tracks, south of US 74, because of the crash.

CSX is investigating this incident.

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