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PULASKI CO., Va. -Two westbound trains collided around 4 p.m. Tuesday, a Norfolk Southern officials said, which caused at least five cars to derail from the first train, according to WDBJ. 

Norfolk Southern also said the locomotive on the second train derailed and there is a diesel fuel spill.

Two crew members on the second train were taken to the hospital, according to WDBJ.



The cause of the derailment is still under investigation, according to Norfolk Southern.

Three homes nearby were evacuated as a precaution. A HAZMAT team was sent to the scene.

According to WDBJ, the first train had three locomotives and 54 rail cars.  The second train had two locomotives and 43 empty rail cars used as auto racks for carrying vehicles.