Update: Road Still Closed Thursday Due to Train Derailment
Update Thursday noon:
Pamplin, VA - One lane of Route 460 is still closed Thursday as Norfolk Southern investigates Wednesday's train derailment in Pamplin.
The wreck happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday across from the Exxon station.
The turn on to Route 628 from 460 is still closed.
Update: 10:45 p.m.:
Pamplin, VA - As of Wednesday night a Pamplin road is still blocked after a train went off the tracks around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. The wreck is across from the Exxon station on 460.According to investigators with Norfolk-Southern Railroad, the turn on to Route 628 from 460 will be closed until at least 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
All Wednesday afternoon, folks starting hearing about the crash. Soon, the train wreck became a kind of tourist attraction.
Something tossed these train cars like tin cans, exactly what is still in question. Investigators with Norfolk-Southern were walking the track Wednesday trying to figure it out.
Chris Ayers lives nearby in Evergreen. The train passes his house about a dozen times a day. His wife had him head over to the crash site to see if everyone was alright.
"Some of her friends texted her over the phone and told her one had derailed over here in Pamplin. And I said, 'Oh gracious,'" said Ayers.
Dorothy Bryant got a little curious herself.
"Well, we was going down to the church right here. And we happen to see all this. And yep, I guess we was curious, wondering what was going on," said Bryant.
Officials say 18 cars derailed, but they were not carrying any cargo and not a single person got hurt.Investigators with Norfolk-Southern say the engineer and conductor made it out alright, and no other cars were on the track.
State Police are treating this as an accident site, not a crime scene. Norfolk-Southern will continue its work until it's done.
"Them boys gotta work a lot of hours to get that work done quick," said Ayers.
The official cause of the crash is still under investigation. But people living and working in the area say crews were doing work on the track just last week.
Update 9:45 p.m.:
Appomattox Co., VA - Norfolk-Southern investigators responded to the scene earlier Wednesday evening to the train derailment and are investigating the cause of the incident.
State Police have cleared from the scene. Route 628 will remain closed until at least 6 a.m. Thursday.
Appomattox Co., VA - Officials say nobody was hurt at a train derailed in Pamplin Wednesday afternoon.
Officials say 18 cars were involved in the derailment. All the train cars were empty at the time, and no one was injured.
Virginia State Police officials arrived at the scene at 4 p.m. after a train derailed at the railroad crossing at Route 628 in Appomattox County.
Route 628 is currently blocked and traffic is being re-routed around the incident.
An ABC 13 crew is on the scene and will have more information on ABC 13 News at 11.