Cleanup Continues After Train Derailment in Calhoun County Thursday Morning

Cleanup continues after a train derailment in Calhoun County.

Sheriff Matthew Wade said multiple Norfolk Southern train cars derailed – at around 6:50am Thursday in a rural area between Iron City Motorway and Angel Road on the county’s eastside.

No one was injured, and the train cars weren’t carrying any hazardous materials.

A press conference was held around 12:00 noon by the Calhoun County EMA Director Myles Chamblee and also by Connor Spielmaker, a senior communications manager for Norfolk South.  Spielmaker said that 37 cars left the tracks.  Most of those carried mixed freight’ two had previously carried hazardous material and contained residue but  he said there was no leak or risk to the public from the derailment.

The train was coming from Atlanta and headed to western states.

He said cleanup is still underway – and the NTSB has been dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the derailment.

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