Fuel Clean-Up Underway After Train Derailment in Salisbury

SALISBURY, N.C. – Emergency crews will work throughout the night at the scene of a train derailment in Salisbury.

People living near West Innes Street are being asked to shelter in place because of a fuel spill.

Soft ground underneath the railroad tracks may have caused the derailment. Investigations haven’t confirmed that but are looking into the possibility because of recent heavy rain.

Norfolk Southern says three of seven locomotives on a freight train came off the tracks just before 1:00 on Sunday afternoon.

It happened just north of downtown Salisbury near West Innes Street and Institute Street.

Environmental crews will spend the night cleaning up diesel fuel that spilled out.

“The leak was from one engine and it came from an overfill. Fuel overfill so it was not a continuous leak,” explains Salisbury Fire Division Chief Jay Baker.

Baker says no one was hurt and the train is not blocking any roads.

“We would like our residents who are within a one-mile radius of this particular area to stay at home until we can continue to assess the situation,” said Linda McElroy, with the City of Salisbury.

70 rail cars being pulled by the locomotives are not impacted.