Crews continue to clear tracks following train derailment in N. Charleston

RAW VIDEO: Train derailment in North Charleston
Source: Troy Adams
Source: Troy Adams

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with Norfolk Southern say crews are continuing to clear railroad tracks in North Charleston after a train derailment on Wednesday.

"We are nearly finished moving the locomotives, rail cars and containers off the tracks," said Susan Terpay with Norfolk Southern.

According to officials, after the cleanup is finished crews will make repairs to the tracks Thursday afternoon.

Officials said they expect to open the rail line at 7 p.m.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Company officials said, the train, which was en route to Charleston, derailed two locomotives and two rail cars carrying "intermodal containers."

MOBILE USERS: Click here to see photos

"There were no injuries to the train crew," officials said."There were no hazardous material contained in the the derailed containers."

The incident happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. one mile west of Ashley Phosphate road, Norfolk Southern officials say.

Company officials said on Wednesday that they were bringing in heavy equipment to re-rail the locomotives, rail cars and containers.

"The train was carrying a total of 19 rail cars," official said.

Pancho Inkeddup Huerta said he was on a job site when he witnessed the derailment.

"I was on lunch break and I heard and saw it all," Huerta said."It knocked down a couple of trees."

Huerta said he spoke to the conductors on the train, and they appeared to be okay.

The City of North Charleston's Twitter account tweeted that the train derailment did not impact traffic on Ashley Phosphate.

Motorists reported that the Ladson Road train crossing was blocked because of the derailment.

Fire, EMS and police responded to the incident.

Copyright 2015 WCSC. All rights reserved.