NS crews clear Horseshoe Curve derailment

Norfolk Southern crews work to clean up the derailment of 11 cars of a westbound mixed-freight train on the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark on Saturday. Eight of the 11 derailed cars were on their side, blocking a second track on the curve. / Mirror photo by Greg Bock

Crews worked Saturday to cleanup a derailment near the Horseshoe Curve.

There were no injuries in Friday’s derailment of 11 cars at 8:40 p.m. and, on Saturday, Norfolk Southern crews continued the task of clearing the tracks, according to a spokesman for Nor­folk Southern.

“According to preliminary reports, the 11 rail cars that derailed were all empty and eight of 11 were on their sides,” Norfolk Southern spokesman Rachel McDonnell Bradshaw said on Saturday. “No hazmat was involved in the incident.”

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The mixed-freight train was headed to Conway, Beaver County, from Allen­town, Lehigh County, McDonnell Bradshaw said.

Trucks that had brought in heavy equipment lined Veterans Memorial High­way and cars packed the parking lot of Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark visitor’s center, with the derailment bringing at least some of the visitors out to the landmark.

“We heard about this last night shortly after it happened and thought we’d ride out here and check it out,” said Kevin Donovan, 27, who along with 25-year-old Denver Moyer, rode their motorcycles from Centre Hall to the Horseshoe Curve on Saturday.

Donovan said the pair were planning a Saturday ride anyway and the ride to the landmark is one they’ve made before and enjoy, so the derailment, along with the nice weather early in the day, sealed their decision.

“I wasn’t sure if there would be anything left to see at this point,” Moyer said as the two sat at a picnic table outside the visitor’s center while above, obscured by the trees, crews methodically righted toppled cars.

The two motorcyclists said on their previous rides to the Horseshoe Curve, there are a handful of cars in the parking lot, a sharp contrast to the nearly full lot on Saturday.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.