Officials: Train derails in Wytheville, Virginia

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Virginia say some railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, but no injuries were reported.

WDBJ (http://bit.ly/W5rEOx) reports that it happened late Monday afternoon at the railroad line's intersection with Grayson Turnpike.

Several homes were evacuated, but emergency officials said the public had not been exposed to hazardous chemicals. A county official told the station that some of the derailed cars were hauling vehicles and others were hauling fingernail polish.

A Norfolk Southern engineer says that the train was carrying 33 cars, approximately nine of which derailed.

Wytheville Police Chief Rick Arnold said local officials are advising the public to avoid travel through the area.

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