Posts Tagged ‘CSX derailments’

Cincinnati Street Still Closed by CSX Derailment

January 27, 2021

A Cincinnati street closed earlier this week due to a CSX derailment is expected to remain closed through Friday.

Gest Street, which passes beneath the Queensgate Yard complex, was closed after the derailment last Sunday.

Gest remains closed between Evans Street and Dalton Avenue while clean up crews remove the wreckage, which involved two locomotives and seven freight cars.

Railroad officials also said the bridge will need to be inspected before vehicular traffic can pass beneath it again.

CSX officials said that although the cause of the derailment remains under investigation, there is no indication that remote operation of one of the locomotive contributed to the derailment.

CSX Derails 7 Cars, Locomotive in Cincinnati

January 25, 2021

No injuries were reported after a CSX train derailed in Cincinnati early Sunday morning atop a bridge near Queensgate Yard.

The derailment caused a fuel leak of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and left seven cars piled up on the bridge over Gest Street.

A portion of the yard was closed due to the leak. The derailment was reported to have occurred about 1:30 a.m.

CSX said in a statement that the leak came from a locomotive and no rail cars leaked or spilled any of their contents.

Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District activated the Millcreek Dam as a precautionary measure to prevent any of the spilled fuel from flowing into the Ohio River.

The CSX statement said no waterways were adversely affected and the fuel spill had been contained.

Gest Street was closed between Dalton Avenue and Evans Street but was expected to reopen Sunday night.

An on line report said the derailment cut off access to CSX’s Indiana Subdivision as well as traffic moving on the Central Railroad of Indiana.

That report said much of the wreckage had since been cleared from the bridge by Sunday afternoon.

A CSX spokesman told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the locomotive working the train was a remote control unit.

The derailment also took down several power lines in the area.

No Injuries in CSX Pa. Derailment

December 24, 2020

No injuries were reported when 14 cars of a CSX train derailed Tuesday afternoon in Hamiltonbad Township, Pennsylvania.

Six of the cars landed in about 40 feet of water in a retention pool at a factory.

The derailment occurred at about 12:25 p.m. CSX officials told local news outlets that seven of the cars were empty and none contained hazardous materials.

CSX officials said they were developing a recovery plan to remove the cars from the pond, and that the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

NTSB Issues Tank Car Placement Recommendation

December 17, 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a recommendation that trains carrying DOT-111 rail tank cars with high hazard flammable commodities be accompanied by a minimum of five non-placarded cars between any locomotive or occupied equipment transporting hazardous materials, regardless of train length and consist

The recommendation stemmed from the Board’s investigation of derailments of high-hazard flammable trains in Kentucky and Texas.

The Kentucky derailment occurred Feb. 13 in Draffin, Kentucky, when a CSX ethanol unit train derailed three locomotives, one buffer car and four tank cars on a mountainside.

That train had one buffer car at the head of the consist and one at the end of the train, with 96 denatured ethanol tank cars following the head buffer car.

The NTSB found that least protective DOT-111 tank cars were placed in positions that increased the risk of derailment and breaking of the tank cars, resulting in the release of their hazardous materials content.

It also found that during the Draffin derailment the lead locomotives were separated from the hazardous materials tank cars by only one buffer car, which shortened the distance between the breached tank cars and the crew members, increasing the risk of injury or death.

Both derailments, the NTSB said, could have been less severe had the DOT-111 tank cars been placed in locations within the train where they were less likely to derail or to sustain accident damage.

This week’s NTSB report is the first time the safety agency has issued recommendations regarding the use of buffer cars to reduce the risks of hazardous materials to train crews.

NTSB Issues Report on CSX Pa. Derailment

December 10, 2020

Improper use of hand brakes was the probable cause of a 2017 CSX derailment in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, that resulted in 1,000 people being evacuated and property damage of $1.8 billion.

The National Transportation Safety Board said hand brakes on empty rail cars were set improperly.

It found that placement of empty cars at the front of the train consist led to the build-up of longitudinal and lateral forces that, along with tread buildup on the 35th car in the consist, led that car to be the first to derail.

The derailment occurred before dawn on Aug. 2, 2017.

The train had 70 cars of hazardous materials, including a car carrying propane that caught fire and cars carrying molten sulfur and asphalt that leaked.

The fire drove fire fighters away from the scene due to smoke and high levels of sulfur dioxide from the smoldering molten sulfur.

The fire was not extinguished until two days later and the evacuation order remained in place for three days.

The NTSB had three recommendations for CSX, one for the Federal Railroad Administration, one for the Association of American Railroads, and one for the Security and Emergency Response Training Center.

For CSX, the board recommended revising rules on building trains to place large blocks of empty cars near the end of a consist; prohibiting the use of hand brakes on empty cars to control train speed; and incorporating lessons about the hazards of fire in jacketed pressure tank cars in first-responder training and outreach.

For the FRA, the board recommended issuing guidance to develop risk reduction programs.

Such a program was not required at the time of the derailment but one was mandated under a rule published in February 2020 and to become effective in August 2021.

For the AAR, the NTSB recommended working with member railroads to develop those programs.

For the response training center, the NTSB recommended incorporating lessons from the accident into first-responder training programs.

NTSB To Hold Hearing on CSX Carey Collision

August 7, 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board will make its final determination on Sept. 15 of the likely cause of a 2019 collision between two CSX trains near Carey, Ohio.

The Board will conduct a virtual hearing at 9:30 a.m. on that day that will be webcast.

No members of the public, STB staff or members will be gathered in one location for the proceeding.

The crash occurred on Aug. 12, 2019, and caused both trains to derail.

The lead locomotive and four cars of a westbound train turned onto their sides while 21 cars of an eastbound train derailed.

The crew members involved suffered minor injuries and damage from the wreck was an estimated $4.9 million.

During the meeting, the Board will vote on the findings, probable cause and recommendations as well as any changes to the draft final report.

A link to the hearing  will be available at

CSX Derails in Cincinnati, Harpers Ferry Over Weekend

December 23, 2019

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.

No Injuries in CSX Derailment in Wellington

May 28, 2019

No injuries were reported in an early Monday morning derailment of a CSX manifest freight in Wellington on the Greenwich Subdivision.

The derailment was reported at 6 a.m. and for nearly two hours authorities had Ohio Routes 58 and 18 closed in town.

CSX said 22 cars and all three locomotives of the eastbound train derailed. The train had 89 loads, most of which was produce and building materials. There were 28 empties.

An online report identified the train as Q590 and many of the cars were Union Pacific reefer cars.

CSX said no hazardous materials were being carried by the train.

The derailment occurred near the intersection of Magyar and Wheeling streets, and also blocked the tracks of the Hartland Subdivision of the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

Fire broke out in at least one of the derailed cars and authorities said some diesel fuel was spilled.

No Injuries in Southern Indiana CSX Derailment

June 18, 2018

Some residents of Princeton, Indiana, were evacuated after a CSX train derailed Sunday night and caught fire. Officials said no one was injured as a result of the derailment.

CSX officials said 23 cars derailed, including five cars carrying propane. Two of the burning cars were reported to be hauling frozen food.

Those evacuated live in a mile radius of the derailment in the city located 25 miles north of Evansville on the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois mainline that once hosted crack streamliners headed to Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Police also closed U.S. Route 41. The train had two locomotives, 89 loaded cars and nine empty cars and derailed at about 8:10 p.m.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s office said it received several calls about a derailment and explosion near Old U.S. 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.

No Injuries in Kentucky CSX Derailment, Fire

May 3, 2018

No injuries occurred on Tuesday afternoon after a CSX train derailed and caught fire near near Lebanon Junction, Kentucky.

The train had two locomotives and 50 loaded auto rack cars and was en route to Florida when the derailment occurred about 4 p.m. Two locomotives and 18 cars left the tracks.

Fire firefighters had extinguished the ensuring blaze by late Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday cleanup crews were on the scene moving derailed equipment to a staging area.

CSX officials said the neither the fire or the derailment posed a safety risk to the public.

The derailment site is about 30 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky, on the Mainline Subdivision between Louisville and Nashville, Tennessee (former Louisville & Nashville).