A South Carolina train derailment Sunday damaged about 120 BMW vehicles that were being transported to the Port of Charleston for exports to overseas markets.
The train was transporting vehicles from its plant near Spartanburg to the port before the derailment happened near Blair, Automotive News reported. BMW told the publication in a statement that BMW models that were damaged included BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 but the company did not say how many of each model were damaged
"BMW personnel are traveling to the scene and will assess the damage to these 120 BMWs," BMW stated, per the Automotive News. "We will continue to work with Norfolk Southern in this situation to assess the damages."
Norfolk Southern said in a statement that the accident happened about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to WFYY-TV.
The Associated Press reported that no one was hurt in the derailment but two locomotives sustained damaged. The Automotive News said 12 rail cars that were transporting the BMWs were damaged as well.
Barkley Ramsey, of the Lebanon Fire Department, told WFYY-TV that a "malfunction" caused the derailment, but officials said that the incident remained under investigation. Ramsey added that there was no hazardous material found at the scene.
The BMW plant in Spartanburg is currently undergoing a $1 billion expansion, according to the company's website. Those plans include the construction and tooling of a new 1.2 million square-foot body shop, a 200,000 square-foot expansion of X5/X6 Assembly, and a 100,000 square-foot addition to Logistics, BMW said on its website.
The production capacity at the South Carolina plant will increase to 450,000 units per year and the plant will host 8,800 jobs on site by the end of 2016. Over the past three years, the plant had launched the BMW X4, BMW X3 LCI, second-generation BMW X6, BMW X5 M and X6 M, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e.
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