CRAMERTON, N.C. -- Nearly two months after a train derailed in Cramerton, the final clean-up stage has begun.
Norfolk Southern contractors removed two of the eight remaining cars from around the tracks Tuesday. The removal was supposed to have happened back in mid-September.
Norfolk Southern Railroad said the delay resulted from concerns about the rubber lining in some of the tank cars that are still laying on their side after a derailment near 8th Avenue on August 6.
Four of the train cars were carrying liquefied petroleum gas, a substance that is highly flammable. The petroleum was transferred to other cars without leaking. Contractors had to find out if the torches could cause fumes still in the linings to drift into the neighborhood before dismantling the cars.
Neighbors are concerned because a school -- Cramerton Christian Academy -- is in sight of the cars.
Cramerton has billed the railroad $8,000 for the costs of police and firefighters who had to work overtime following the derailment.
Mayor Worley said the railroad has yet to pay the town back and still the cars sit there.
Ed Blake, who lives within sight of the cars said, "The people are really getting irritated at it because we are getting some mice and some rats coming out from under some of them."
Cramerton police have stepped up patrols after receiving reports of children playing on some of the cars.