Weekend train derailment still has road blocked in Tuscumbia

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - Crews are working to clean-up after a train derailment over the weekend in Colbert County. Several dozen railcars left the tracks early Sunday morning as they approached the city of Tuscumbia.

By Monday morning, the railcars were gone. Crews have worked around the clock since early clearing the tracks and putting new lines down.

Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton said emergency responders were very lucky with this derailment.

Mike Melton

“It was unfortunate for the railroad, but if you are going to have one those kind are the best you can have in a community to where you are starting to get into populated areas like you do here in Tuscumbia.”

Authorities say 38-railcars left the tracks along Old Memphis Pike. It happened just after midnight Sunday morning.

Melton said to the best of his knowledge none of the cars leaked any hazardous materials which would require immediate attention. The only inconvenience was to Norfolk Southern.

“Any time you have a derailment that shuts down the main line coming out of Memphis I am sure it’s detrimental to them, and they have worked non-stop since this has happened to try to get traffic flowing again on the railroads,” said Melton.

By 11 o'clock Monday morning, the first train rolled along the lines leading into Sheffield. Making it appear things were getting back to normal. With the tracks back open, drivers will likely see increased rail traffic over the coming days as Norfolk-Southern clears their back-up.

There were no injuries reported to Colbert County 911.