Norfolk Southern train derails in Richmond; cleanup to take days

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Cleanup is expected to take days after a Norfolk Southern train derailed Monday night outside of Downtown Richmond.

Richmond Police and Fire & Rescue responded to the Forest Hill Avenue area, near the intersection with Powhite Parkway, at 7 p.m. after receiving reports of a train derailment on Monday. 

While no vehicles were struck and no injuries reported, multiple train cars were derailed along the tracks in the area of the 6400 block of Glyndon Lane. 

When traveling on the tracks, four of the last five cars derailed, according to Richmond Fire at the scene. The derailment temporarily blocked Forest Hill Avenue.  The products inside the cars are not considered a hazard to the environment, police said. 

Richmond Police said the cleanup is expected to take about two days and local residents would have limited access to the area. 

Representatives with Norfolk Southern say they are still investigating the cause of the derailment.

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