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At least 16 train cars derail in McDowell County; tanker car crashes into Elkhorn Creek
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, December 27, 2013 3:01 PM EST
Hazardous material crews are cleaning up following a trail derailment in West Virginia.
The train has five locomotives and 111 cars and is about 7,000 feet long. It was headed from Bellevue, Ohio to Linwood, N.C.
State emergency officials say booms are in place to prevent the tar leaking from a ruptured tanker car from going any farther down into Elkhorn Creek.
About 700 feet of track was damaged in the derailment and will have to be replaced. Norfolk Southern expects train traffic to reopen Saturday afternoon.