Norfolk Southern: 19 train cars derail in North Knoxville, KPD says to avoid area

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Knoxville Police Department reports no hazardous materials and no need for evacuation in a North Knoxville area where 19 Norfolk Southern train cars derailed Saturday night.

KPD said to expect several closures for a good part of Sunday, however. Inskip Drive will be closed between Coster and Fennel roads, as well as Cedar Lane between Rowan and Fennel roads.

KPD responded to reports of a derailed train at 10:10 p.m. near the intersection of Inskip Drive and Morton Way. KPD later tweeted that at least 2 buildings had been damaged in the derailment and that the Knoxville Fire Department assessed the scene for any potential hazards.

One of the businesses hit in the derailment was Fiber Tech, at 230 E. Inskip Drive. No word yet on the extent of those damages.

"Probably the worst thing for us right now, you know, it is a loss, but we are at least temporarily out of business for the moment," Fiber Tech owner Alan Monhollan said. "I just thank God that nobody was here working and got injured."

According to Susan Terpay, spokesperson for Norfolk Southern, only two people were aboard the train — the conductor and the engineer.

Terpay told Local 8 News no one was injured in the derailment and that the train wasn't carrying any hazardous material. She added that 19 cars derailed.

As of 6:30 a.m., Cedar Lane reopened, but Inskip was still closed.

The derailed train cars and containers were all removed from the tracks as of Sunday night, Terpay said. New track has been laid out, and she added that normal track operations will resume early Monday morning.

Terpay said the next step is to get all the damaged cars and containers removed from the site. Northfolk Southern is working with KPD and KFD to determine the cause of the derailment.

Stay connected to Local 8 News as the investigation unfolds.