Authorities investigate train derailment; 11 cars derailed, 7 cars overturned, 4 off the tracks


An investigation is underway into a train derailment that left 11 cars derailed, seven cars overturned and four cars off the tracks in Blounts Creek.

Blounts Creek Fire Department Chief David Williams said that the call came in from Stilley Station Road off of Highway 33 early Tuesday morning. 

There was a small fire and some minor leaks, officials said.

All have been contained.

Chief Williams said the cars that leaked were carrying molten sulfur.

According to a Google search, molten sulfur is sulfur transported in a molten state that is used to make a variety of things including sulfuric acid, rubbers, and fertilizers.

Williams is unsure what was in the other cars that didn’t leak.

The train’s conductor is safe. “There were no injuries,” said Williams.

Norfolk Southern is investigating the incident.

9 On Your Side did reach out to Norfolk Southern’s public information officer.

We are still waiting to hear back.

Multiple agencies responded to the derailment including the CSX, the Norfolk Southern, the Blounts Creek Fire Department, the Beaufort County EMS, and the hazmat regional response team out of Williamston.

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