SANDSTONE (USA) March 9 (AP) – A train airlifting coal suffered a rockslide on West Virginia tracks Wednesday morning, causing a severe derailment that killed three crew members, CSX Transportation said in a statement. Personnel were injured.
Four locomotives and 22 empty cars derailed in Somers County near the New River, CSX said. The tractor locomotive carrying a conductor, an engineer and an engineer trainee caught fire, the company said, and the crew were being evaluated and treated and were not life-threatening.
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CSX said an unmanned locomotive was partially parked in the waterway and leaked an unspecified amount of diesel and oil, officials said. Environmental teams are deploying containment measures.
The derailment occurred in a remote area south of the sandstone within New River National Park and Preserve, according to a statement from West Virginia Emergency Management. Several state agencies are monitoring the situation and said public water systems downstream have been notified and are monitoring for any potential public health impact.
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CSX said no hazardous materials were transported and there was no danger to the public.
The company said employee and community safety was a top priority as it sent teams to assess the situation and develop a recovery plan. (Associated Press)
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