Three empty cars of a CSX freight train derailed in North Charleston on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, temporarily snarling afternoon traffic. No injuries were reported.
CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said three empty hopper cars derailed around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. Hopper cars usually carry a variety of loose products, such as coal or grain.
Seay said the train had two locomotives and 121 cars carrying a variety of products, none of which were spilled. The train was traveling from Florence to Hamlet, North Carolina.
By mid-afternoon, Seay said the derailed cars were disconnected from the remainder of the train, which was moved from the area. All road crossings affected by the derailment were cleared.
According to North Charleston police, a CSX train derailed shortly after 2 p.m., shutting down Montague and Railroad avenues, South Rhett and Spruill avenues, Spruill Avenue and Bexley Street, and South Rhett Avenue at Bexley Street.
By 2:45 p.m., City officials said the Bexley Street intersection had been reopened to traffic. By 3:15 all roads were clear.
The Charleston County School District had warned that some buses could be delayed in taking students home if they had to be rerouted