Kentucky based CSX coal train derails in Spartanburg, South Carolina

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A train derailment caused some major traffic headaches and road closures in Spartanburg Sunday. Captain Regina Nowak with Spartanburg Public Safety tells Seven on your Side that the incident happened on Henry Street at the Waste Transfer Station, just after 9:30 Sunday morning.

Several cars ran off the track, and the city transfer station was damaged as a result. The derailement also spilled a large amount of coal, that covered the ground in the area.

No one was injured but officials are detoured traffic in that area. Several roads in the area were closed. Henry Street was closed for the longest, through Sunday afternoon.

According to CSX, the train originated in Kentucky, and was hauling a load of coal to Georgia. A spokesperson says a total of 6 cars derailed, with four of them actually turning over. Cleanup is underway and the railroad track opened Sunday night.

Sandon Seay is the foreman at Mortex chemical plant across the street. He said he's used to working arounf the trains because they come many times a day. He said if something like this happened suring the week it could affect his business.

"We heard an extra loud boom this morning and we looked outside and they had the tracks and block blocked off," said Seay. "I've got a tractor trailer going to NY Monday, so we going to have to get our truck out of here by then," he said.

Officials are investigating a cause for the crash but say it could take weeks to have an answer.


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