Train cars removed, residents react to wreck - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Train cars removed, residents react to wreck

BLADENBORO, NC (WECT) - All of the train cars that derailed have been moved from the track to a staging area, according to a CSX media representative.

Nine of more than 100 cars overturned Saturday, and one of them carried ammonia. That car is now upright, and repairs are underway for the train track.

Carla Groleau with CSX said Sunday that freight traffic is still on hold, but it should not impact customers for long.

Anyone with questions or claims can find help at a community outreach center that's established at the Lumberton Holiday Inn.

Many people in Bladenboro said they were surprised when they first heard about the wreck.

"It was a shock," said Bobbie Edwards, "this is not something I've seen in my lifetime."

While crews spent Sunday repairing the track and cleaning up the tanker cars, neighbors remembered the unusual chain of events.

"I didn't know what was going on, it was like a bomb was going off," said Ben Spaulding. He says he was with his family when he heard a crash, and then felt the ground tremble.

"It was scary, and we got all quiet and just looked at each other," said Spaulding. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes for several hours, before officials gave the all clear.

"It was stressful," said Edwards. "I was worried about medication, I didn't know how long we would be kept out.

Most said they were impressed by the way town leaders handled the unusual circumstance, working quickly to get things back on track.

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