Norfolk Southern train derails in Springfield, Ohio; Residents asked to shelter in place

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A Norfolk Southern train has derailed in Springfield, Ohio.

Around 20 cars of the train derailed near the Clark County Fairgrounds Saturday evening, WHIO reports.

Emergency crews were called to the area of State Route 41 and Gateway Boulevard at around 5 p.m.

The Clark County Emergency Management Agency is asking residents who live within 1,000 feet of the derailment site to shelter in place. They are not issuing evacuation orders at this time.

Norfolk Southern told WHIO they do not believe any hazardous materials were involved.

“This evening, approximately 20 cars of a 212-car Norfolk Southern train derailed while traveling Southbound in the vicinity of Springfield, Ohio. No hazardous materials are involved and there have been no reported injuries. Our teams are en route to the site to begin cleanup operations,” a spokesperson from Norfolk Southern said in a statement Saturday night.

Multiple state and local agencies are responding to the situation, including the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Clark County Emergency Management agency.

More than 1,500 people are without power in Clark County due to downed power lines.

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