Norfolk Southern Train Derailed

Wise County spent the past weeks cleaning up after a coal train derailed. While the waterlines are being affected a boil water notice remains in effect.
Norfolk Southern has been on the scened and is working alongside the Wise County Emergency Management team to get the public roadways and tracks opened back up as soon as possible, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Jessica Sweeney.
A spokesman for the railroad stated that two people were onboard the train, a conductor and a locomotive engineer. Enroute to the company's St Charles branch line was a crew based out of it's Pocahontas division, and the train was headed to a utility plant located in Michigan when it derailed.
Agencies issued a trauma call which quickly put together an action plan that made sure area residents and especially emergency services have access. The plan allowed Norfolk Southern to pause briefly and allow emergency responders in.
Deputy Fire Chief Travis Anderson said, "For them to shut down operations for us to make sure we get an ambulance and fire truck through is very important, but they are working tirelessly around the clock to get everything cleared."
Meanwhile authorities are still investigating what caused the train to derail; and Norfolk Southern officials stated the most common causes are track defects, mechanical or human error, or a combination of any of those.

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