Norfolk Southern freight cars derail, overturn in Harrisburg

Nine freight cars came off the tracks Tuesday near the Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg. (WHTM)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Norfolk Southern spokesman says no hazardous materials spilled when several freight cars derailed and overturned in the city.

Nine empty cars left the tracks near the Mulberry Street Bridge just after noon Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the derailment isn’t known.

The cars were part of a much longer train that reached the Susquehanna River and blocked Amtrak passenger trains from getting into and out of the city. An Amtrak spokesman said two trains between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg were delayed, but Keystone Service between Harrisburg and Philadelphia was not affected.

A total of 462 passengers were aboard the two passenger trains. Train #42 from Pittsburgh was delayed two hours and 40 minutes, while Train #43 to Pittsburgh was delayed 50 minutes.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline said Norfolk Southern did not communicate with city agencies.

“Those equate into phone calls to our office and we don’t have any idea what’s going on,” Enterline said. “Even if it’s empty cars, we need to know about it, and we’re going to be demanding that from Norfolk Southern.”

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