2 trains wreck in 8 hours in Knox

Scene of a Friday night train derailment in East Knoxville. Photo from the Knoxville Police Department.

Two separate Norfolk Southern trains were involved in accidents Friday in Knoxville, killing one person and later snarling traffic in another part of town, authorities said.

The rail company’s unusually bad day began with a tragic pedestrian-versus-train collision at 2:08 p.m. near the Buddy’s Bar-B-Q off the Interstate 640 exit onto North Broadway, according to Knoxville Police Department Sgt. Samuel Henard.

“It was determined that one adult female was on foot and crossed in front of a train and was subsequently struck by the train,” Henard said. “The female was pronounced deceased on the scene and the investigation is continuing.”

The victim’s identity won’t be made public until her next-of-kin is notified, he said.

About eight hours later a second Norfolk Southern train suffered a mishap, this time in East Knoxville.

The train derailed near the 5400 block of Rutledge Pike about 10 p.m., Henard said.

“Traffic will be blocked at the railroad crossing on Ault Road and Spring Hill Road closest to Rutledge Pike for an extended period of time,” he said soon afterwards.

No one was hurt in the second incident and no hazardous materials were spilled, he said.

Published on April 10, 2021