Seven rail cars from freight train derail in Pittsburgh

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 6, 2018 2:37 AM

The Station Square light rail stop is located on the South Side. (Sarah Schneider/WESA)

(Pittsburgh) -- A railroad company says seven rail cars from a freight train have derailed in Pittsburgh, sending shipping containers tumbling down a hillside onto light rail tracks below.

A Norfolk Southern spokesman updated the number of rail cars involved in Sunday afternoon's derailment from original estimates of four cars.

The cars were transporting shipping containers that were carrying housewares, food products and beverages.

Norfolk Southern estimates the rail cars will be cleared from the tracks within a few days.

The train with three locomotives and 57 loaded cars was heading from northern New Jersey to Chicago.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

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