A Norfolk Southern train derailed near a highway in the Springfield, Ohio area on Saturday, prompting nearby residents to take shelter-in-place precautions. The railway company confirmed that 20 cars out of a 212-car train derailed, but reported that there were no hazardous materials on board and no injuries were reported.
Clark County Emergency Management Agency issued an advisory to residents within 1,000 feet of the derailment site to remain indoors as a precautionary measure. The incident occurred near State Route 41 and left over 1,500 residents without power, according to the agency.
The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation. Norfolk Southern has pledged to work closely with local officials to mitigate the situation and ensure the safety of the surrounding community. In the meantime, authorities have urged residents to stay away from the affected area and follow instructions from local officials.