- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

RICHLANDS, Va. (AP) - An empty coal train has derailed in Tazewell County.

The Tazewell County sheriff’s department reports the train left the tracks Tuesday in Jewell Ridge.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman says no injuries were reported and no hazardous materials spilled. Chapman tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/Mbhu9U) that seven empty cars derailed. The train had four engines and 179 cars.

Chapman says the train was traveling from Norfolk to Grundy. Crews hope to have the tracks cleared by Wednesday.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Motorists between Jewell Ridge and Richlands are being asked to take alternate routes.

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Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com

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