Posts Tagged ‘CSX derailment’

CSX Spills Corn in Friday Derailment Near Toledo

November 12, 2022

A CSX grain train that derailed early Friday morning in Toledo spilled corn near the city’s port.

There were no injuries, but the derailment blocked some city streets and rail lines for several hours.

News reports indicated that 10 covered hoppers carrying corn derailed shortly after 1 a.m. at Ironville Junction near the border of Toledo and Oregon, Ohio.

A report posted by The Blade of Toledo said the derailment tied up traffic on the CSX Toledo Terminal Subdivision and Norfolk Southern industrial tracks near the port that crosses CSX rails at Ironville Junction.

The rail lines of both Class 1 carriers were blocked for much of Friday.

The grain train had originated in Michigan. A CSX spokeswoman told The Blade that the cause of the derailment was under investigation.

Debris From Mudslide Caused CSX Derailment

September 27, 2022

Federal investigators said a 2020 CSX derailment in Kentucky was likely caused by debris on  the track after a mudslide.

The derailment occurred on Feb. 13, 2020, near Draffin, Kentucky, on a route that is wedged between the Russel Fork River and a hillside.

The mudslide occurred following several weeks of rain, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released last week.

Investigators said the area had received more than 300 percent of its normal rainfall in the two weeks before the derailment occurred.

Three locomotives, a buffer car and four tank cars derailed. Two of the tank cars released 38,400 gallons of denatured ethanol.

The report said the spilled ethanol combined with diesel fuel from the locomotives and ignited, resulting in a locomotive being destroyed by fire.

The train crew was able to escape through the river and sustained minor injuries.

Although the locomotive engineer applied the train’s emergency brakes, there was not enough time to avoid a collision with the debris on the track.

A weather alert system that CSX relied upon “did not account for the impact of the unusual increases and accumulation of precipitation” over several weeks, and elevated temperatures in the month before the derailment, the NTSB report said.

The NTSB said the severity of the derailment might have been reduced had the two tank cars that spilled ethanol been placed further toward the rear of the train.

The cars were of the USDOT-111 type. The NTSB has in earlier reports made a similar recommendation about the placement of that class of tank cars.

CSX Derailment Causes Small Fire in Avon Yard

January 20, 2022

The derailment of two locomotives and six cars in CSX’s Avon Yard near Indianapolis on Tuesday triggered a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

Officials said there were no injuries. Reportedly both locomotives were being controlled remotely.

CSX called in contractors to clear up spilled lube oil and diesel fuel. Officials with the Wayne Township Fire Department and Avon Fire Department said the spills did not endanger any waterways.

A CSX spokesperson said the derailment occurred about 11:45 a.m.

Avon FD battalion chief and public information officer Jerry Bessler said firefighters returned to their stations after extinguishing the fire and determining that a hazmat response was not necessary.

CSX Steel Train Derails in Michigan

January 3, 2022

No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved in a New Year’s Day derailment of a CSX train in Romulus, Michigan, in the Detroit metropolitan area.

News reports indicated that the 15-car derailment occurred about 1:37 a.m. near Eureka Road and Interstate 275 and took down power lines in the area.

Most of the effects of the lost power were felt along Eureka Road, including traffic signals being knocked out of operation.

The train was reported to be carrying steel products.

CSX Train Derails in Kentucky During Severe Storm

December 12, 2021

No crew members were injured after 28 cars of a CSX train were derailed during a severe storm system early Saturday morning that spawned tornadoes across six states that left at nearly 100 dead in Kentucky alone.

The derailment of train Q500 occurred shortly after midnight between Earlington and Morton’s Gap, Kentucky.

A CSX spokesman told Trains magazine the 28 cars that derailed were empty. However, photographs of the derailment showed at least one hopper car with spilled contents.

Some cars landed 75 yards away from the tracks of the Henderson Subdivision.

The spokesman said contrary to some reports none of the derailed rail cars struck nearby homes.

“The safety of the community is our top priority as we work on our recovery plan,” CSX said in a statement “CSX personnel are coordinating with local emergency responders to stage the site in order to clear the derailed cars from the tracks.”

Earlington is located about 120 miles southwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

New reports indicated that the storm system spawned more than 30 tornadoes including one that stayed on the ground for more than 200 miles from Arkansas to Kentucky.

Reports indicate that at least 84 deaths in Kentucky have thus far been attributed to the tornadoes, which touched down in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Fatalities were also reported in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.

To view photographs of the derailment and adjacent storm damage, visit

CSX Derails 14 Cars in Indiana

August 20, 2021

There were no injuries and no hazardous materials released after a CSX train derailed Thursday morning in Fountaintown, Indiana.

Train Q360 bound for Avon Yard near Indianapolis derailed 14 cars. Some plastic pellets and non-hazardous fatty acid was spilled but officials said this did not cause any health hazards.

The train originated at Queensgate Yard in Cincinnati and was traveling on the Indianapolis Subdivision, the route also used by Amtrak’s Cardinal.

The westbound Cardinal had already passed through the area before the derailment occurred at 8:11 a.m.

That night’s eastbound Cardinal only operated from Chicago to Indianapolis with the train cancelled between Indianapolis and New York.

News reports indicated that the derailment knocked down some power lines and blocked a highway.

In a statement, CSX said the derailed cars included six empties and eight loaded cars. The statement said the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The derailment site is about 20 miles east-southeast of Indianapolis.

CSX Train Derails in Indiana

July 24, 2021

Fifteen cars derailed on the CSX Garrett Subdivision in Auburn, Indiana, on Wednesday.

There were no injuries and no cargo was spilled from the containers. The derailment of the Q010 intermodal train blocked two county roads.

CSX said it working with first responders to assess the situation and develop a recovery plan.

Firefighters from Jackson Township and Auburn responded to the derailment, along with officers from three law enforcement agencies.

An online reported indicated that at least one CSX intermodal train, the Q009, detoured west of Berea on the Chicago Line as a result of the derailment.

No Injuries in CSX Kentucky Derailment

December 18, 2020

No injuries were reported after a CSX train struck a boulder and derailed on Thursday in Harlan County, Kentucky.

The boulder fell from a cliff facing the adjacent Kentucky Route 2007 between Wallins and Coldiron.

Two locomotives and eight rail cars derailed during the incident, which occurred at 2:09 a.m.

A CSX spokeswoman said no leaks or spills into waterways occurred.

A state transportation department spokesman said the highway is likely to be closed for nearly a month as workers clear the rockslide, which narrow missed striking a house.

Cleanup of CSX Derailment Finished

October 30, 2020

Workers have finished cleaning up a CSX derailment in Dearborn, Michigan, that shut down traffic on Interstate 94 for a while on Wednesday.

The derailment occurred early Wednesday morning when four cars derailed on a bridge over the expressway.

One car was hanging over exit lanes and the road had to be closed to enable workers and equipment conducting the cleanup to reach the scene.

The Detroit area expressway was reopened after CSX officials determined they could complete the cleanup without the road being closed..

It took workers about eight hours to cleanup the site. No hazardous materials were involved in the derailment and there were no injuries.

CSX Derailment Disrupts Traffic on Detroit Expressway

October 29, 2020

The derailment of a CSX train in Dearborn, Michigan, on Wednesday morning triggered traffic jams on Interstate 94.

News reports said the derailment damaged the bridge and led to closed freeway exits.

The highway had to be closed to enable workers to move equipment to the scene to remove derailed freight cars, including one that dangled over the exits to Wyoming and Michigan avenues.

Michigan State Police reported the derailment occurred around 5:30 a.m. There were no injuries reported.

No hazardous material was involved in the derailment. Officials said the scene would require five hours to clear.