Railroad trestle collapses under freight train in Beaufort County

Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 12:21 PM EDT
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Railroad officials spent hours removing a train after a trestle underneath it started to collapse this morning.

It happened on the trestle over Runyon Creek, that's between Washington and Washington Park.

The train is owned by Carolina Coastal Railway, a shortline railroad that's based in Wilson.

It appears the train was coming back from either Plymouth or Belhaven and began crossing the trestle when it gave way. The locomotive and three cars are on the trestle, while an unknown number of cars remain on the Washington Park side of the creek.

WITN has called the railroad for more information. The person who answered the phone said everyone there left to head to the accident scene.

By mid-afternoon, the train had been removed from the trestle, while train crews were still on the span trying to repair the damage.