Train derailment slows U.S. 80 traffic

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) -  A Sunday evening train derailment, slows down Monday morning traffic on U.S. Highway 80.

Norfolk Southern officials say the freight train carrying a load of products derailed around 6:30. The train consisted of 36 rail cars and two engines and was en route from Birmingham, AL to Macon, GA. Twelve cars left the tracks spilling wheat, bags of rice, and plastic pellets.

Monday morning, Columbus police blocked off traffic, while workers from the Department Of Transportation and Norfolk Southern worked to clean up the mess.

Officials say the engineer and the conductor were the only two people on the train.

Neither of them were hurt.

Meanwhile, Norfolk Officials are trying to find out exactly what caused the accident. They say it could take several weeks, maybe even months.

The derailment happened about two miles east of the Pratt and Whitney plant, about six miles from the Talbot County line along the side of the highway. The accident was so bad that tracks needed to be replaced.