ATLANTA — Authorities are investigating what preceded a train derailment Sunday night that sent one person to the hospital.
It happened in the 2900 block of Parrott Avenue NW, near the Riverside neighborhood, according to Atlanta Police. That's near the Chattahoochee River, just inside Interstate 285.
Police said they initially got a call of a traffic accident in the area, but the call was later changed to that of a rescue.
While the details of that rescue are unclear, Atlanta Police confirmed that one person was taken to the hospital. They were reportedly stable.
The train, operated by Norfolk Southern, derailed at around 8 p.m., according to the company. The company said members of its team are still gathering information from the field as to what happened exactly to cause the train to derail.
According to Norfolk Southern, the train cars involved included two tank cars of paper slurry, three box cars of pulp board, and one cargo container with consumer products. While no hazardous materials were involved, the company said the derailed locomotive did release a small amount of diesel fuel that was contained before it posed any threat to local waterways.
At this time, the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, but Norfolk Southern said it has confirmed that during switching operations, there was a "collision between rail equipment just before the derailment.
Meanwhile, crews are still working on repairs to the crossing equipment that was damaged, and there's no timeline for when the affected roadway will be reopened. Train traffic has resumed through the area at reduced speeds.
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