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Three Norfolk Southern train cars derail near Powell

The derailment occurred around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Knoxville — Three empty train cars on a Norfolk Southern train derailed on tracks at Powell, Tennessee, around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jonathan Glass, a Norfolk Southern spokesperson, said in an email.

The derailment "was minor as derailments go," he said.

"There were no injuries, no hazardous materials involved, and no public impact reported," he wrote in the email.

The derailed cars were empty bulkhead flatcars. The mixed-freight southbound train was en route to Linwood, North Carolina.

"Norfolk Southern has a contractor on the way to rerail the cars using cranes," he said. "The derailment has not caused any significant impacts to train operations."

The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation.

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