CSX Clears Derailed Coal Hopper Cars

CSX said Thursday it has removed 22 coal hopper cars from a derailment site in West Virginia as part  of its efforts to reopen the New River Subdivision.

The derailment of the empty coal train occurred early Wednesday morning after the train struck boulders on the track near Sandstone, West Virginia, in the New River Gorge.

Three crew members suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the derailment.

The train’s four locomotives also derailed and spilled fuel into the New River. Workers at the site were seeking to contain the fuel spill.

CSX said once the locomotives are removed from the site it will work with the National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on removing rock and contaminated soil from the site.

Drones are being used to survey the area “in an effort to identify and mitigate where possible the risk of rockslides,” CSX said.

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