Chaotic Pittsburgh freight train derailment blocking the light rail

Seven wagons of a goods train derailed in Pittsburgh, the sending of containers tumbling down a hill on light rail tracks, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

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A freight train derailed in Pittsburgh, Sunday, the officials said, uprooting seven rail cars and the shipping of containers tumbling down a hill on light rail tracks below.

No injuries were reported, authorities said, and no hazardous materials were involved.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Jim Glass said the westbound train, on the road from northern New Jersey to Chicago consisted of three locomotives and 57 loaded intermodal rail cars, and was 7,687 feet long and weighed 4,838 tonnes. These trains will mostly carry consumer goods, such as tools, clothing, electronics and food, ” he said.

The cause of the derailment was being investigated.

Glass said that the cars derailed on the South side of Pittsburgh, near Station Square shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday.

The containers of the derailed cars slid down the hill on or in the vicinity of the light rail Port Authority tracks, said Adam Brandolph of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Brandolph said that there was “significant damage” which will probably take a long time to recover. Light rail service at the station was suspended.

At the scene, authorities said the only spillage was mouthwash, the Post-Gazette reported.

“If you smell something, it is Listerine. It is not dangerous,” Togneri said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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