Rail Line Reopens After Train Derailment

A train derailed in Wythe County, shutting down the tracks for days

( AP Photo / Wythe County, Jeremy T.K. Farley )

July 16, 2014

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) - A rail line through southwest Virginia is back in business after a Norfolk Southern derailment left 14 cars off the track.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman said Wednesday the line re-opened shortly before midnight Tuesday. The derailment late Monday in Wytheville involved a three-engine, 33-car train en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to the Port of Virginia.

There were no injuries and state environmental officials said there was no evidence of any spills.

Wythe County spokesman Jeremy T.K. Farley said crews worked Wednesday to remove the wreckage from the derailment, which scattered vehicle carriers around the tracks. Two cars were also carrying other cargo.

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