By Dan McDermott
LINDEN, VA (May 29, 2020)—A train derailed shortly before 9 am today near John Marshall Highway and I-66 exit 13.
According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the train consisted of five locomotives and 12 cars, mostly empty.
There were no injuries reported, according the the Sheriff’s office, and there were no hazardous materials involved and no fire or explosion.
There was noise.
“It sounded like an earthquake. The ground shook. I was bringing in water from Costco,” said one neighbor. Another described it as sounding like a bomb. “There was smoke everywhere and the sound of brakes and metal.”
The cause is undetermined at this time and the incident is under investigation by the Virginia State Police and Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Traffic on the main roads in the area was flowing freely and several people stopped to walk around the beautifully landscaped area to get photos as word spread on social media.
A helicopter circled overhead. “Do you think that’s channel 4 or 5?” one young man asked. “Maybe it’s the feds?”
There are ten residences in the area and the sheriff’s office says they notified all of them through the reverse 911 system and RAVE alerts. The nearby roads were Pickrell Drive, Keyser Wood Lane, Winona Drive, and Red Barn Lane.
All roadways are expected to be open again between 8 pm and 10 pm tonight.
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