Train derails and hits building in Knoxville, Tennessee

PUBLISHED Sat, October 21, 2017 - 11:05pm EDT
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Police and other emergency services in Tennessee are responding to a train derailment in North Knoxville, officials say. Details are limited but some of the derailed cars have hit an industrial building. (more)

The incident happened just after 10 p.m. on Saturday when a freight train with more than 50 cars derailed in the area of Inskip and Morton, which is near Interstate 75 in North Knoxville. Some of the cars crashed into a building.

The incident is believed to have involved a freight train belonging to Norfolk Southern. The exact number of derailed cars was not immediately clear, but authorities said no flammable materials are believed to have been inside the derailed cars.

Photos from the scene showed that some of the cars had struck the back of a building owned by steel distributor Gerdau, and possibly a second building. An officer at the scene said one of the buildings had suffered "pretty heavy damage."

There were no immediate reports of injuries as a result of the derailment.

  Knoxville, TN     





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