Train collides with construction vehicle and derails near Pittsburgh; several cars fall into the Allegheny River

The accident was recorded between a Norfolk Southern train and a construction vehicle – Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

A train derailed Thursday in Harmar, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, leaving an unknown number of people injured from the drivers who were in the area at the time of the accident.

The derailment occurred in the 2400 block of Freeport Road, near the Allegheny Valley Joint Wastewater Authority treatment plant.

Freeport Road is closed in both directions between Hulton Bridge and Guys Run Road due to the accident. Traffic along Freeport Road is being diverted onto Powers Run Road/Fox Chapel Road and Guys Run Road, WTAE-TV reported.

In total, 17 cars were involved in the incident; several train cars went into a tributary of the Allegheny River while Allegheny County Emergency Management reported that the liquid carried by the tankers has been contained.

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According to an official, a heavy construction vehicle was crossing the tracks when it collided with the train. The driver of that construction vehicle was taken to a hospital, along with two other operators; At this time, the severity of the injuries is unknown.

This is a Norfolk Southern train aknowledged a speaker of the company:

“Late in the afternoon, one of our eastbound trains collided with a dump truck carrying rocks, which rarely ends in a derailment,” said Norfolk Southern spokesman Thomas Crosson.

“Thank you to the first responders who assisted our crew members. Right now, our staff is on site and working with local authorities to determine next steps,” he added.

A railway bridge was also brought down in the derailment.

A spectator who sent pictures to Action News 4 Pittsburgh heard the derailment occurred and reported some type of pipe ruptured in the incident, causing liquid to spill into the waterway. Authorities have said a water line to Harmar Township was broken and work is underway to fix it.

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