Two hurt in train derailment, fire in Southampton County

Posted at 6:25 AM, Sep 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-19 18:02:48-04

Southampton County, Va. – Two people were hurt in a train derailment and fire early this morning in Southampton County.

The CSX train heading from Portsmouth to Rocky Mount, North Carolina derailed around 2:30am, causing a large fuel spill and fire near a Dominion Power station and a chemical plant, according to NewsChannel 3′s Darragh Copley.

10 rail cars and 2 locomotives overturned from the train, which had more than 30 cars and was carrying mixed freight.

The engineer and conductor on the train were injured, one was taken to a hospital in Franklin, the other was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Delaware Road remains closed.

The Southampton County Sheriffs Office says that the fuel spill has been contained and is now in a cleanup stage, which will take several more hours.

Check back with and NewsChannel 3 for more details on this developing story.