Train company officials say service to resume after derailment in Beaufort Co.

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A rail-based freight transportation supplier says service is expected to be restored on the line by 6pm Sunday evening in Beaufort County.

According to CSX, At approximately 12:36 am on Saturday morning, a train traveling on Norfolk Southern tracks derailed 14 cars in Aurora.

They say 4 were empty and 10 were carrying molten sulphur when the engine went off the tracks near the new substation on Highway 306..

CSX worked collaboratively with Norfolk Southern as they handled recovery efforts as this was their rail line.

There were no injuries as a result of this incident and the cause is under investigation.

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Clean up is still underway at the scene of a train derailment in Beaufort County.

A Norfolk Southern spokesperson said in a statement: “We appreciate the quick action from first responders, and Norfolk Southern crews continue working to clean up the site. We thank the public for their patience while this work continues safely and thoroughly.”

Authorities say on Saturday morning around 1:00 am, the engine went off the tracks near the new substation on Highway 306 headed into Aurora.

They say 14 cars were impacted.

Officials confirm there is no damage to property, no injuries reported and no environmental hazards to report.

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Emergency crews are dealing with a train derailment that impacted 14 train cars early this morning, according to officials.

Beaufort County Public Information Officer Brandon Tester says it happened around 1 a.m. Saturday near the new substation on Highway 306 headed into Aurora.

Tester said crews suspect there was an issue with the track that caused the derailment and that it will need to be repaired.

Tester says some of the train cars were carrying sulfur. One of the overturned cars started leaking, but the hot sulfur hardened when it met the cold air, so the leak did not present any further issues, according to Tester. Officials confirm there is no damage to property, no injuries reported, and no environmental hazards to report.

Tester says Norfolk Southern is now handling parts of the issue on their end.

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