Old Fort officials said Friday evening railroad crossings in downtown Old Fort have reopened after a train ran off the tracks Friday afternoon.
However, all train traffic through the Old Fort area has been halted for at least 24 hours, officials said.
According to Old Fort Police Chief Melvin Lytle, around 4:15 p.m. on Friday a Norfolk Southern train carrying a variety of goods broke an axle and four cars ran off the track, bringing the whole train to a stop and blocking two railroad crossings on Catawba Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Old Fort. None of the cars overturned.
As of 6:10 p.m. the crossings have been reopened. Lytle said the railroad company were able to stabilize the four cars, and all train traffic through the area will be halted for at least 24 hours.
No injuries were reported.
Cars were able to detour on Orchard Avenue off of U.S. 70 West.