No fewer than four railroad cars have derailed in the Wythe County community of Rural Retreat along the Norfolk Southern Railway line which runs from Norfolk, Virginia, to New Orleans, Louisiana.
The derailment is east of the Main Street intersection in Rural Retreat, directly in front of the town’s first responders building.
Appalachian Magazine was able to speak with Wythe County’s Emergency Manager Curtis Crawford, who stated, “The public is in no eminent danger. We are still working with everyone involved to ensure a safe and timely clean up.”
The last major train derailment in Wythe County occurred in the summer of 2014 when more than a dozen cars derailed near the town limits of Wytheville.
It is noteworthy to state that Rural Retreat, Virginia, is the highest elevation along the entire Norfolk Southern Railway line.
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