Train derailment dumps blanket of corn across tracks in Cleveland County

Site of Cleveland County trail derailment
Site of Cleveland County trail derailment

A train carrying hundreds of pounds of corn derailed early Tuesday in the Shelby area of Cleveland County, blanketing the area with golden kernels, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

It happened about 10:30 a.m. on Airport Road near NC 150, the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Part of Airport Road had to be shut down as a result of the spilled corn, officials said.

An aerial shot by WBTV showed at least four rail cars were off the rails in the incident, including three that were lying on their side.

Charlotte TV station WSOC said no one was hurt in the accident. The Shelby Star reports the road will be closed through 9 a.m. Wednesday, due to corn spilled down a hill side that separates the tracks from two traffic lanes.