Train carrying ethanol derails in Knoxville

Train carrying ethanol derails in Knoxville

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Two tanker cars that came off the rails are lying on their sides. Two tanker cars that came off the rails are lying on their sides.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A couple of train cars carrying ethanol derailed Friday morning in a Knoxville rail yard.

Authorities say there does not appear to be any immediate danger posed by the derailed cars, which came off their tracks around 8 a.m.

Two tanker cars that came off the rails are lying on their sides. 

Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Brent Seymour said a small leak appeared around the valve of one of the tanker cars, but the spill was quickly contained.

"The cars were carrying denatured alcohol," said Seymour. "Once our crews investigated, they found a very minor leak coming from around a valve. That leak has been contained. At no time was there any danger to the community or any businesses surrounding the yard."

The train derailed on tracks near Heiskell, off North Central Street and I-275, in the area of the former Coster Shop.

Seymour said warehouses directly beside the tracks are used for train repair. Workers were either trying to move the cars or bring another one in when the derailment happened.

An investigation team is continuing to look into the exact cause.

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