UPDATE: Northampton County Train Derailment

Highway 186 in Northampton County remains closed today after Monday's train derailment.

The highway is closed between Garysburg and Seaboard because of clean-up of the derailment.

More than a dozen cars of the 94-car CSX freight train from Rocky Mount left the tracks. None of the cars were carrying any hazardous materials.

The D.O.T. expects the road to reopen by 9:00 p.m. tonight.

A freight train has derailed in northeast North Carolina, but no injuries have been reported.

Northampton County Sheriff Wardie Vincent said between 12 and 15
cars on the 94-car train fell off the tracks around 3:30 p.m. Monday near Seaboard. The town is just south of the Virginia border.

Vincent said the CSX Corporation train derailed in a mostly rural area near Interstate 95, but a portion of the roadway was cordoned off as a precaution.

CSX spokesman Garrick Francis said the cars that derailed were
carrying "mixed freight," but didn't contain any hazardous materials. He said the train is based in Rocky Mount and travels on a route that circles back to the city.

It's unclear why the accident occurred. Francis said he didn't know the train's destination.

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  • by D. Location: Far, Far Away on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    Don't get me started on Roanoke Rapids.The train may have commited suicide in Northampton Co. to avoid going there.
  • by Lee Location: Cape Carteret, NC on Feb 11, 2009 at 12:04 AM
    You are probably right. Roanoke Rapids was little improvement.
  • by D. Location: Far, Far Away on Feb 10, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    As a former resident of Northampton Co., I would say the train probably commited suicide.

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