Train cars derail in Ferguson Friday evening


FERGUSON, Mo. – A westbound Norfolk Southern train derailed 10 cars in a residential neighborhood in Ferguson just before 10 p.m. Friday night.

The cars smashed into one another and would have careened toward a home but came to a stop after hitting a large tree.

Never in her 20 years of living in the 300 block of South Elizabeth in Ferguson had Johnetta Moore ever heard anything like it. She ran across the street to check on her neighbor whose house butts up to the tracks. 

The railcars uprooted several large trees and nearly knocked over power lines. 

Norfolk Southern said all the cars were empty, and no one was hurt. Authorities are still trying to determine what exactly caused the train to go off the tracks. Several residents said they believe that the train seemed to have been going faster than normal.

Norfolk Southern crews and contractors arrived on scene shortly after to begin assessing and clearing the area.

As of 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning, two of the ten cars were re-railed. The remaining cars are expected to be cleared before noon. At that time, track repairs will begin.

There is no estimate at this time when the track will be back in service.

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