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Freight train derails in Tennessee, slams into at least two buildings

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(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — A freight train derailed Saturday night in North Knoxville, Tennessee, slamming into nearby buildings.

According to ABC affiliate WATE-TV, the train consisted of three locomotives and 68 railcars. Twenty of those cars left the track, of which 19 carried shipping containers and one carried automobiles.

No injuries were reported. Crews are now working to remove the cars.

The train was not carrying any hazardous materials when it derailed, said Susan Terpay, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern Railway.

The derailment happened just after 10 p.m. EDT. According to WATE-TV, nearby residents said they heard a loud screeching sound before it happened.

Police tweeted about the incident Saturday night, confirming that at least two buildings were damaged.

At least 2 buildings damaged by train derailment at Inskip & Morton. @KnoxvilleFire accessing scene for any potential hazards. Avoid area. pic.twitter.com/6YwrM07YaL

— Knoxville Police TN (@Knoxville_PD) October 22, 2017

Norfolk Southern is leading the investigation into the cause of the derailment, WATE-TV reported, citing police.

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