Posts Tagged ‘derailment’

NS Reopens Chicago Line in Amherst

December 4, 2020

Norfolk Southern has reopened its Chicago Line in Amherst, which had been blocked on Tuesday by the derailment of an eastbound manifest freight.

Railroad officials said on Wednesday they restored one mainline track at 5 a.m. and a second mainline track would be restored by early afternoon on the same day.

Workers continued to clear wreckage from the scene even after the tracks reopened.

The derailment occurred at CP 212 near the intersection of Middle Ridge Road and Dewey Road.

Amherst Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm said his department responded to the derailment, but NS refused their assistance, saying it would handle and cleanup on its own.

An NS spokeswoman said the cause of the derailment remained under investigation.

No hazardous material was involved in the derailment and no one was injured.

The train involved, No. 310, was en route from Eklhart, Indiana, to Binghamton, New York.

4 Hurt in South Shore Derailment in Chicago

February 24, 2020

Four passengers suffered minor injuries when a South Shore train derailed while arriving at Chicago’s Millennium Station last Saturday morning.

The low speed derailment occurred just before 8 a.m.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates South Shore Line trains, said the injured passengers were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The derailment resulted in minor delays to other South Shore and Metra commuter trains.

The South Shore uses Meta tracks in Chicago.

2 NS Crew Members Hurt in Derailment

February 16, 2018

Two Norfolk Southern crew members were injured Thursday afternoon after an eastbound auto rack train derailed in a remote location near Attica, New York, on the Southern Tier line.

The injured workers were the conductor and engineer, both of whom were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

The train had two locomotives and 43 loaded auto rack cars. Both locomotives derailed along with nine cars.

NS spokesman Jonathan Glass said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Online reports indicated that the train was symbol freight 28N and Glass said it was en route to Mechanicville, New York.

After the derailment, fire broke out on the lead locomotives and authorities decided to let the fire burn itself out, in part because the derailment site is difficult for fire fighters to reach.

However, several fire departments and hazmat units were at the scene.

The derailment was reported at 4:03 p.m. on a stretch of track with a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The cause of the derailment has not yet been disclosed.

NS said that although the train was not carrying hazardous materials it was sending its environmental specialists to clean up spilled diesel fuel, a process expected to take several days.

Authorities said both locomotives and some rail cars of the train went over an embankment and landed in a ravine.

The track in that vicinity is about 50 to 75 feet above a nearby farm field.

NS is reportedly detouring trains that normally use the Southern Tier route west of Binghamton, New York, via Sunbury and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then westward.

No Injuries in NS Fort Wayne Line Derailment

February 5, 2018

No injuries were reported after 14 cars of a Norfolk Southern manifest freight derailed early Saturday morning in Ashland County.

The derailment closed Ohio Route 39 for several hours and some of the derailed cars leaked zinc oxide and propane.

The derailment occurred about 3 a.m. on the west side of Loudonville on the NS Fort Wayne Line. The train, identified in an online report as 12V had 135 cars.

The Ashland County Emergency Management Agency said the leaking materials posed no danger to residents. The highway reopened shortly Saturday after 6:30 p.m.

Ashland County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Carl Richert said a propane tank car was leaking at the scene of the derailment, which remains under investigation.

The Fort Wayne Line runs from the northwest corner of Loudonville toward Perrysville, east of Ohio 39 and west of the Black Fork.

Two NS crew members were aboard the train but were not hurt.

Military Train Derails in Kentucky

September 7, 2017

A derailment has knocked out rail service at a Kentucky army base for at least two weeks.

The mishap occurred as a locomotive pulling 46 empty flat cars from the Fort Campbell military base derailed en route to a CSX interchange near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

The derailment damaged the track  and disrupted local traffic due to blocked grade crossings.

The marooned rail cars were eventually pulled away by a crew from the Logistics Readiness Center while R.J. Corman’s derailment services team was able to help re-rail the locomotive.
The track is a spur used by the Army to receive and ship military movements. The government has awarded a contract to repair the damaged track.