Jul 21, 11:40 AM EDT

Train derails in central Pennsylvania, spills coal


NISBET, Pa. (AP) -- A train derailment in central Pennsylvania over the weekend spilled coal from four cars, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Officials in Lycoming County told The (Williamsport) Sun-Gazette ( http://bit.ly/1p196Gc ) that a dozen cars on the 129-car train derailed Sunday in Nisbet. Fire Chief James Pfleegor said the train was heading from Altoona to PPL's Strawberry Ridge power plant, and four cars were upset.

"At least two of the 12 derailed cars were destroyed. The bottoms of some of the cars were torn right off during the derailment," Pfleegor said.

Special equipment was brought to the scene to start the cleanup, which could take several days, he said. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Members of the Steppe family saw the derailment from a pavilion at the Susquehanna Township community park less than 100 yards away, where they had gathered for a reunion.

"Everyone heard this screeching. You knew something wasn't right," said Sonya Kellogg of Avis.

Several people reported hearing a "clicking" sound, which eight-grader Wyatt Steppe said sounded "like the wheels were going off the tracks."

"The brakes started screeching and then all of a sudden the dirt and dust started flying," said Jake Shipman of Loyalsock Township, who reported seeing at least one of the coal cars tip over.

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Information from: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, http://www.sungazette.com

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