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Engines, Coal Cars Derail
In Bulls Gap; No Injuries

Originally published: 2012-02-20 11:03:34
Last modified: 2012-02-20 11:12:11

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Residents Heard

A 'Large Boom,'

'Rumbling' Noise

At Mid-Day Sunday



Two engines and two empty coal cars on a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train jumped the tracks about 12:45 p.m. Sunday in Bulls Gap.

There were no injuries.

The derailment may have been caused by a switch that diverts trains to a "Y" track near South Main Street, Bulls Gap Mayor Bill Grubb said this morning.

"South Main Street was blocked off. It blocked the South Main Street railroad crossing," Grubb said.

Part of Sycamore Drive was also blocked, the mayor said.

Bulls Gap residents heard a "large boom" and a "rumbling" noise when the first engine went off the tracks, Grubb said.

A Kentucky company specializing in righting derailments responded to the scene by Sunday night and hoisted the engines and cars back on the tracks.

"The rest of the day was spent trying to get the equipment back on the tracks," Grubb said. "The train left town under its own power."

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