Train Derails

A train, traveling through Woodville, derailed Monday morning.

A train, traveling through Woodville, derailed Monday morning. Officials said at least 26 boxcars derailed. Deputy EMA Director Paul Smith said the cars were each full of coal and around 200,000 pounds.

Crews from Birmingham and Chattanooga arrived Monday to begin the cleanup process. Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said cleanup is expected to take as long as 24 hours.

“This track goes to Mississippi,” said Harnen. “All trains have been shut down.”

Harnen said County Road 8 will remain partially blocked until the cleanup process is completed. He said motorists are to avoide the area of County Road 8 between Venson Street and County Road 30.

Officials on the scene, including firefighters in Woodville and Paint Rock Valley, said the track appears to have broken. Smith said either a weld on the track or the train broke.

“It sent the cars up in the air,” he added.

Harnen said the track suffered substantial damage. Harnen said there were no injuries or damage to property away from the track.

“We are also thankful there were no chemicals on the cars,” added Smith.

Staff writer Brad Nevels contributed to this story.

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