VIDEO: Clean-up continues on derailed NS coal train

About 40 of 161 cars in a unit coal train derailed and spilled their contents en route to Norfolk, Va.
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VIDEO from the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot.

SUFFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern and derailment cleanup crews spent much of their Superbowl Sunday cleaning up spilled coal and derailed coal hoppers in southeast Virginia.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning when an eastbound loaded coal train headed for nearby Norfolk, Va., derailed approximately 44 cars. The train included 161 cars, in total.

The derailment sent cars tumbling over one another and even damaged a nearby building. Cars parked on adjacent streets had their windshields damaged as well, the Virginian Pilot reports.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The derailment occurred on the railroad’s main line to Norfolk where loaded coal trains are unloaded for export destinations. The derailment did affect Amtrak’s regional service to Norfolk.

Norfolk Southern did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Trains News Wire on Monday.

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