ABERDEEN, N.C. — Authorities say a CSX freight train derailed at a connection track near Main Street in Aberdeen shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Officials say the train was traveling from Hamlet to Raleigh when an engineer noticed his train was switched onto the wrong track. When he hit the emergency brake, twenty-two cars derailed.
"When he hit the brakes, it shook and rattled my whole truck and I saw the cars jumping off the tracks and every one of them were smoking, sparks flying," said Jason Stephens. "I put my truck in reverse and got out of the way. That was about it. It scared me to death."
The town manager said there was no hazardous materials on the train.
Authorities say no one was injured in the incident, but Main Street is blocked. Officials believe it could take days to get the train back on track and Main Street back open.