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Norfolk Southern Derailment in Knoxville Damages Buildings

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Norfolk Southern Derailment in Knoxville Damages Buildings

When derailments occur on America’s railroads they can be spectacular and dangerous to crews and local residents. A Norfolk Southern derailment in Knoxville in Tennessee made headlines over the weekend.

Norfolk Southern confirmed 19 rail cars derailed on Saturday night. Two buildings were damaged but no injuries were reported.

Knoxville Police Department stated in a tweet that people were advised to avoid the derailment scene due to potential hazards.

The train derailed close to the Inskip Food Store at the intersection of East Inskip Drive and Fennel Road. Witnesses said several cars crashed into buildings

Susan Terpay, a spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern, said about 19 rail cars derailed about 10:15 p.m. on Saturday night. She said there were no injuries from the derailment.

A Norfolk Southern derailment

A Norfolk Southern derailment

The rail cars were carrying shipping containers. Typically, these are stacked on top of each other. They may have come off during the derailment, Terpay said. Norfolk Southern say no hazardous material was involved in the crash.

The News Sentinel reported about five businesses were damaged by the Norfolk Southern derailment, including a boat-building business.

Norfolk Southern worked through the night to remove rail cars and containers from the tracks, and laid the new track, according to Terpay. A rail service resumed early Monday with trains operating at reduced speeds.

The derailment sent train cars colliding into two buildings owned by Morton Properties. The company has five buildings total in the area. It rents the space out to small businesses, according to the News Sentinel.

The Knoxville Police Department said no details were available on the cause of the crash. The investigation will be handled by Norfolk Southern.

The police department gave no information on the contents of the shipping cars but said that they did not contain hazardous material.

The Norfolk Southern derailment in Knoxville again illustrates some of the dangers inherent on America’s railroads.

When trains derail, railroad workers, local residents, and first responders are in danger. The secrecy of the railroads over its cargoes adds a further aspect to these situations.

In 2015, the derailment of a CSX train in Blount County, Tennessee led to a dangerous chemical fire. The widow of a firefighter who died after the blaze has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the railroad and a tank car company.

The frequent derailments raise concerns about the state of America’s railroad infrastructure. If you or a loved one has been injured on the railroad, please contact our experienced railroad worker accident attorneys at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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