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Train derails in downtown Suffolk

Posted at 8:17 AM, Feb 04, 2017

SUFFOLK, Va. - Crews responded to a train derailment in downtown Suffolk Saturday morning.

A call came in just before 7 a.m. about a Norfolk Southern train that derailed in the 300 block of Wellons Street.

Officials say numerous cars left the track, causing a coal spill in the area. A total count of cars that left the track is unknown at this time.

There were no reported injuries.

However, the Golden Peanuts warehouse building was damaged by coal that was spilled from the train. A home in the 300 block of Wellons Street sustained two broken windows from coal debris, as well as a car that had broken a back window from being struck by coal in the same area.

The 300 block of Wellons Street and Saratoga Street at Hall Avenue are currently closed.

East Washington Street at County Street, East Washington Street at Pinner Street and East Washington Street at Liberty Street have reopen.

Train personnel are removing the coal, which should be cleared by Wednesday.

The cross at Wellons Street will be closed for some time.

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