No injuries are reported in the derailment, which occurred early Tuesday morning. Several major roads through Douglasville were shut down as crews began cleaning up.
The derailed train cars were carrying a double stack of piggyback truck trailers hauling a variety of products, including insulation officials said. Douglasville emergency responders said no hazardous materials were involved.
Dozens of the truck trailers were thrown from the train cars and littered the ground. The impact ripped open many of the containers spilling their cargo.
The Ga. 92 truck route crossing east of downtown remained open.
Some people who live near the derailment have Tough Questions about what may have caused the accident.
“The train tracks were already kind of weak. They fixed one part of the track a little while ago and another section in the last couple of weeks and I told my girlfriend it wouldn’t be long until we had an accident, and look what happened,” said Quintin Allen, a Douglasville resident.
Norfolk Southern said its investigation into the accident has just started and it is too early to pinpoint an exact cause.
Cleanup crews said they hope to finish up and reopen all roads by the end of Tuesday.