2 freight train cars derail near Morrisville, Amtrak service affected

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Amtrak service was delayed Tuesday evening after two freight cars of a Norfolk Southern train in Morrisville derailed near the Wake-Durham County line.

It happened around 8 p.m. and the cars spilled rock all over the tracks. Cranes were brought in to right the rail cars.

Chartered buses picked up people from the stopped Amtrak trains. Other buses took people from the Raleigh train station to areas past the derailment.

Two trains were directly affected -- the Carolinian and the Piedmont.

The railroad crossing at Church Street was blocked for about two hours until the crossing was cleared just after 10 p.m.

Rail service resumed at 11 p.m.

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