MARION COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- A school in Marion County was evacuated after a train derailed Thursday afternoon.
A northbound Norfolk Southern Train derailed at least 13 cars at Bear Creek near Phillips High School at 12:15 p.m. Students were evacuated to St. Paul Church on Highway 79 in Franklin County.
According to Norfolk Southern, only six of the cars were loaded with freight. The train was carrying mineral oil, but authorities said there is no risk of chemical endangerment. The train was also carrying wood chips and cottonseed.
Two of the empty cars were previously carrying materials that are classified as hazardous materials, including crude oil and potassium carbonate. No materials leaked from the train.
A multitude of agencies responded to the scene including surrounding police departments, sheriff's deputies and Hazmat teams.