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December 13, 2012

From the December 12, 2003 Archives - Train jumps the track in Princeton

PRINCETON — Nine cars derailed from the Norfolk Southern train tracks in Princeton Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 due to a break in the tracks.

According to NS spokesperson Susan Bland, the incident happened at approximately 4 p.m. and involved a 100-car loaded coal train originating from a mine in Surveyor and heading to a power plant in Hico, N. C.

No injuries were reported, and no coal spilled into Brush Creek. The cause of the accident had not been determined at the time.

Local residents and business owners remarked that:

"When I heard it, I thought the train sounded louder than usual. I saw the end of the wreck," said Jim Wolfe.

Area resident Raymond Snapp was also close to the accident and said, "It sounded like a diesel whistle [describing the train's brakes]; when it wrecked it felt like an earthquake."

Jerome Walker, who lived across the street said, "There was this big, loud pop. Then I saw train cars flipping through the air."

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