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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Two Gulf and Ohio railroad cars containing ethanol derailed in North Knoxville Friday morning.

Two ethanol tanker cars left the tracks and fell over on their sides when a train derailed in a Norfolk Southern rail yard in Knoxville, TN on October 12, 2012. Photo credit:

The accident occurred on Friday morning, October 12, at 220 Heiskell Avenue at the site of the old Coster Shop, close to I-275 in North Knoxville.

Map showing location of a Norfolk Southern rail yard where two tanker cars carrying ethanol left the tracks and tipped over in a Knoxville, TN on October 12, 2012. The derailment occurred between Heiskell Ave and W Woodland Ave just east of I-275

Emergency crews, who were called to the scene said there was a minor leak, but said no one was in danger.

No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

Knoxville Fire Department Assistant Chief Brent Seymour said:

“We just come in and make sure there’s no fire or other hazard. Once we deem that safe, the railroad brings their crews in to do what they need to do.”

The incident remains under investigation at this time by the railroad company.


Posted by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Tennessee railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.

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