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Freight train derails in Pittsburgh, sending cars plummeting onto tracks below

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Pittsburgh on Sunday, sending train cars crashing onto light rail tracks below. Authorities said there were no reports of injuries stemming from the incident, which occurred near Station Square.

The train derailed and fell onto the Port Authority tracks around 1 p.m. on Sunday, Pittsburgh Port Authority said on Twitter. They said all inbound and outbound trail services had been suspended

Port Authority crews were heading to the scene to assess the damage, Adam Brandolph of Pittsburgh Port Authority told CBS News. He said it was too early to tell what caused the derailment.

Norfolk Southern officials said the cars on the train derailed. They were transporting consumer goods, including household products, food, beverages and mouthwash. There were no hazardous materials involved, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The company said in a statement that its top priority is public safety and said it was coordinating with first responders.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said it will take approximately 24 to 72 hours to remove the cars from the tracks. He said Carson Street will remain closed until then.

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