Two dozen rail cars loaded with coal derailed just southeast of Panama Sunday morning, Nov. 8, according to the Christian-Montgomery Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Shoal Creek Fire Department.
Shoal Creek was dispatched at 6:46 a.m. Sunday when 24 coal cars on a Norfolk and Southern train derailed at the southern end of Depot Street in Panama. Two engines had also derailed but were still upright, firefighters said. The EMA reported no injuries or hazardous materials involved.
Shoal Creek firefighters remained on the scene, assisted by EMA, as cleanup continued under the direction of Norfolk Southern/Hulcher Services.
Because of the limited roadway access to the scene, which is congested with heavy equipment working the cleanup, EMA asked the public to avoid the area.
Eight Shoal Creek firefighters responded and remained on the scene as of press time Sunday night, more than 12 hours after the initial call.