Norfolk Southern train derails in Pell City

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) -- An update from Norfolk Southern, as they continued recovery efforts after a derailment Thursday: Norfolk contractors used cranes and other heavy equipment to clear 15 of the derailed rail cars from the tracks. They say there could be temporary closures at the crossing over the next 24 hours or so as the work continues. 

Here’s a count of the derailed cars:

  • seven multilevel autorack rail cars transporting vehicles
  • four intermodal rail cars loaded with shipping containers
  • 14 empty autorack rail cars


A Norfolk Southern train derailed early Thursday morning at the Wolf Creek Road South railroad crossing. 

Multiple cars derailed around 3:25 a.m. when the westbound train was en route from Atlanta to New Orleans, according to a release from Norfolk Southern. An estimated 29 of the 70 rail cars derailed. 

There were no injuries and no hazardous material involved, according to Norfolk Southern. St. Clair County EMA officials said the derailment is not a threat to the surrounding community in a post on Facebook. 

Environmental specialists and other Norfolk Southern personnel are on site working with first responders to begin recovery. 

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. 

Both Wolf Creek Road South and Roberts Mill Pond Road railroad crossings are currently blocked. 

Drivers are encouraged to use the following alternate routes: 
To Pell City: 
Wolf Creek Rd South, Sweet Apple, Dry Creek 
To Birmingham: 
Wolf Creek Rd South, Camp Winnataska, Hwy 78, I-20

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