Tenn. train derailment sends 50 cars into building

Firefighters at the scene were looking for potential hazards; at least two buildings were damaged


Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities in Tennessee say a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Knoxville, sending rail cars carrying shipping containers off the tracks, with some of them plowing into buildings. No one was injured.

The News-Sentinel in Knoxville reported police tweeted that 50 cars derailed, and at least two buildings were damaged. Firefighters at the scene were looking for potential hazards.

First responders stand at the scene of a train derailment involving dozens of rail cars in North Knoxville, Tenn. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
First responders stand at the scene of a train derailment involving dozens of rail cars in North Knoxville, Tenn. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern told the newspaper 10 cars derailed at around 10:15 p.m. EDT Saturday, noting that it appears shipping containers on the train fell off as the rail cars left the tracks.

A police dispatcher said cargo from the derailed train was also off the tracks, but she had no information on the type of cargo.

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