CSX Derails in Cincinnati, Harpers Ferry Over Weekend

No injuries were reported when a CSX train derailed in Cincinnati Sunday morning, blocking River Road near the Ohio River.

News reports indicated that the Q376 derailed and the wreckage struck freight cars parked on an adjacent track.

An online report indicated that the standing cars were part of the St. Joe switcher, which was off duty at the time of the 5:15 a.m. derailment.

In all about 20 cars derailed from the two trains, the Cincinnati Fire Department said.

District Chief Greg Potter said seven to eight cars of the Q376 derailed and caused another eleven to twelve cars from the parked train to derail.

No hazardous materials were apparently involved in the derailment of either train although hazardous materials firefighters were on scene.

In an unrelated development, seven cars of a CSX empty grain train derailed on a bridge in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, on Saturday morning, sending two cars into the Potomac River.

The derailment occurred on the Winchester and Potomac Railroad Bridge at about 2:30 a.m.

The bridge also carries the Appalachian Trail over the river. There were no injuries as a result of the derailment.

CSX officials said the train was eastbound. Some cars derailed on the West Virginia shore of the river but the locomotives remained on the tracks.

A section of the pedestrian section of the bridge was damaged and the trail in the area was closed.

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