CSX Derailment Halts Traffic in W.Va.

No injuries were reported and nearby residents were evacuated after a CSX train derailed on Wednesday morning in St. Albans, West Virginia.

Police Chief Joe Crawford said the evacuations were a precaution.

The derailment occurred about 7:15 a.m. and involved a coal train that derailed 20 cars.

The incident occurred near a crossover switch at the east end of St. Albans on the Kanawha Subdivision.

First responders said a small amount of coal tumbled into a nearby creek. Officials said the train was not hauling hazardous materials and the environmental impact is minimal.

The evacuation plans were activated in the event that flooding occurred.

Workers were expected to have the tracks cleared and rebuilt within 24 to 48 hours.

Amtrak’s eastbound Cardinal was halted at Huntington, West Virginia, and its westbound counterpart was canceled.

The coal train was traveling to Hinton, West Virginia.

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