14-car Train Derailment in Wythe County, Va., on July 14, 2014; No Chemical Spills, Health Impacts, or Environmental Impacts Reported as of July 16

As of late July 15, 2014, crews were working to put back on rails 14 Norfolk-Southern cars that derailed near Wytheville  on July 14.  As of the same day, local officials had said that no injuries or property damage occurred, and a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson reported that so far the agency had found no evidence of spills, impacts on human health, or environmental impacts.  The derailment did, however, result in temporary closure of two area roads.  The derailed cars were part of a 33-car train traveling from Louisville to Virginia’s Hampton Roads port.  News accounts on early July 16 reported that the contents of the derailed cars had not yet been identified.

Sources: Crews work to right derailed train in Wythe, Tricities.com [Bristol, Va.], 7/16/14; and Dispatchers confirm train derailment in Wytheville, WDBJ TV/Roanoke, 7/16/14.

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