UPDATE: US-27 opens after train derailment
The derailment also took out some power lines in the area, causing to power outages.
UPDATE: According to Rhea County dispatch all lanes of US-27 near Spring City have reopened after a train derailment.
Side roads are open as well except Piccadilly Avenue and Jackson Avenue intersection.
Norfolk Southern says their services should be back to normal by 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
PREVIOUS STORY: A spokesperson for Norfolk Southern tells Channel 3 that 49 coal cars derailed in Spring City shortly after 9:00pm Thursday.
Some of the loaded coal cars turned on their sides, spilling coal along the tracks.
Norfolk Southern is on site and is in the process of removing the damaged cars from the rails in order to make track repairs and reopen the rail line.
There were no injuries to the train crew. The train consisted of 3 locomotives and 122 coal cars.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
(Aerial video by Gary Bolden; used with permission)
But drivers will experience some delays on Highway 27 in Spring City as emergency crews work to clear the scene after a train derailment.
Officials say no one was injured at the time of the crash.
The cleanup is expected to take a number of hours.
Rhea County Emergency Director Jacky Reavley said crews from Atlanta and Kentucky are on scene with equipment to help clean up.
Traffic was down to one lane Friday morning as crews continued to clear the area.
Officials estimate the train tracks will re- open by 7 p.m. Saturday, then clean up will be after that.
We'll update you as more information become available.
PREVIOUS STORY: A train carrying coal has derailed in Spring City, Rhea County tonight.
It happened around 9:30pm in the downtown area near Highway 27 and Piccadilly Avenue.
Photos show a large crash with several train cars overturned. A large amount of coal has been spilled as a result.
Officials say several side streets are closed due to the crash.
The crash also took out some power lines in the area. VEC reported almost 500 outages in the area of the crash shortly after it happened. Those outages have since been restored.
No injuries have been reported at this time.