Train carrying 120 BMWs derails in Fairfield Co.

Credit: WLTX, Fairfield County Fire Services

FAIRFIELD CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A Norfolk Southern train carrying cars from the BMW plant in Greer derailed near the Newberry County line.

The derailment happened around 3:10 p.m. Sunday off Highway 213 near the community of Alston at the Newberry County line.

The train was on its way to Charleston with two locomotives and 11 cars, according to Fairfield County Fire Services.

About 120 BMW X models on 12 rail cars were damaged in the derailment, according to BMW. The vehicles were traveling by rail to the Port of Charleston for export overseas.

BMW personnel are going there to assess the damage.

The two members on the train crew were taken to a local hospital for evaluation and released the same day, according to a spokeswoman with Norfolk Southern Corp.

She said two locomotive and four rail cars have been re-railed. The other rail cars were damaged and could not be re-railed so they have been moved to the side of the tracks.

“We are currently making repairs to the track, which was damaged by the derailment. It is expected that rail service will resume late this evening,” Susan Terpay said in an email.

Crews worked Sunday afternoon and night to clear the tracks, and expect to be done some time Monday.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is warning drivers to expect delays while crews clear the wreckage and repair the tracks under SC 213 adjacent to the Broad River. Deputies said Monday that traffic was congested and asked drivers to consider another route.

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