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3 Trains Derail In Westmoreland County


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Three trains derail in Westmoreland County

No injuries reported

Three trains derail in Westmoreland County

No injuries reported


More than a dozen train cars derailed after three trains collided Friday afternoon in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.

The train cars went off the track near Georges Station Road at the Norfolk Southern tracks near Twin Lakes Park. No injuries were reported and officials said no hazardous materials are known to have spilled.

Watch Sky 4 video from the scene in the video player above.

Crews worked through the night Friday using cranes, excavators and other heavy equipment to clear the tracks of derailed rail cars and shipping containers.

Train derailment 

Eleven rail cars transporting 50 shipping containers derailed. Two locomotives also derailed but remained upright. The derailment has blocked train traffic on both tracks.

Officials from Norfolk Southern said they expect to restore service to the tracks late Saturday night. Customers with traffic moving through the area should anticipate delays of 24-28 hours.

Train derails

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

Firefighters and a hazmat team responded to the scene Friday afternoon, though officials said there was no hazmat concern or risk to public safety.

Officials from Norfolk Southern said a Norfolk Southern train was heading west transporting empty crude oil tank cars from Altoona to Conway when it collided with the back of another Norfolk Southern train.

Three rail cars transporting 18 shipping containers derailed off one of the trains.

Officials said some of the equipment that derailed hit a portion of another train that was traveling east on the adjacent mainline track, causing the derailment of an additional eight rail cars transporting 32 containers.

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