For the second time in less than a week, a train has derailed on Norfolk-Southern tracks. A train, headed westbound from Linwood, N.C. to Knoxville, Tenn., derailed at around 5:40 Thursday morning about 25 miles east of Asheville, N.C. According to Norfolk-Southern spokesman Robin Chapman, two locomotives and 10 rail cars left the tracks. Chapman said there were no injuries, and no hazardous materials involved because the cars were all empty. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
A Norfolk Southern train went off the tracks near Liberty in Pickens County last Thursday while traveling from Atlanta to Linwood, North Carolina. Officials ordered residents in more than 400 homes to evacuate after last week’s derailment. Many of those people were able to return home early Friday. However, officials issued a second evacuation later that day. It was early Saturday morning before evacuees were allowed back in their homes.