02:38 GMT08 May 2021
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    The CSX Transportation Company, which operates the train and tracks, said the cars derailed into the Potomac River while the train was crossing a bridge at Harpers Ferry, heading towards Maryland.

    Two cars of a freight train derailed on early Saturday morning into the Potomac River near the town of Harper's Ferry in West Virginia, United States, damaging a picturesque walking bridge in the National Park.

    Authorities said that there were no injuries, as nobody was on board the freight train except the conductor, and the train was pulling empties, according to Fox 5 TV station.

    “Two of the five cars slid into the Potomac River. All five cars were empty and there were no hazardous materials involved and no injuries as a result of the derailment.  CSX appreciates the swift response of the West Virginia and Maryland first responders,” CSX Transportation said early Saturday.

    Officials said that the reason behind the derailment of the cars is still unclear, but investigations have begun.



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