Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia CSX derailment’

Engineer Blamed in CSX Derailment

June 26, 2020

A Federal Railroad Administration report has attributed the December 2019 derailment of a CSX train in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, to engineer error.

The FRA said the derailment was caused when the engineer used “excessive force” when beginning to move after a full stop, leading to the string-line derailment of seven cars.

Some freight cars landed in the Potomac River and the derailment also damaged a pedestrian bridge.

The pedestrian bridge has been closed since the derailment occurred but is being repaired and officials expects to reopen it this summer.

In an related development, CSX has received a maker’s President Award from Toyota Logistics Services.

The award for given for rail logistics excellence in 2019. A CSX news release described the award as the automaker’s highest supplier honor.

The news release said CSX was recognized for combining excellence in quality, customer service, continuous improvement and on-time performance.

In addition to the President’s Award, CSX received the On Time Performance Award, Environmental Award and Kaizen Award.

CSX handled more than 300,000 vehicles for Toyota in 2019.

Bridge Damaged by CSX Wreck to be Repaired

May 1, 2020

A footbridge in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, that was damaged in the derailment of a CSX train will be repaired starting this month.

The bridge was damaged last December when seven cars of a CSR train derailed on a bridge over the Potomac River.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy said a contractor has been hired to do the repairs to the Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway, which is part of the Appalachian Trail.

The work is set to get underway the week of May 11, said the Canal Towns Partnership, which represents communities along the C&O Canal.

The project is expected to be finished by late July.

CSX Hit With $2.2M in Fines for Oil Spill, Fire

July 27, 2018

CSX is expected to pay $2.2 million in penalties to settle an action stemming from a 2015 derailment and subsequent oil spill.

The railroad would pay $1.2 million to the federal government and $1 million to the State of West Virginia to settle water pollution violations.

In a state-negotiated agreement, CSX will pay $500,000 to a state-administered fund to upgrade a water treatment facility in Fayette County, West Virginia.

The federal agencies involved in the case were the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice.

The derailment occurred on Feb. 16, 2015, at Mount Carbon, West Virginia, when 27 cars of a CSX train with 109 rail cars carrying crude oil derailed. The train carried 29,000 gallons of Bakken crude and about half of the cars ignited.

Some of the oil flowed into the Kanawha River and Armstrong Creek.

The explosions and fires destroyed an adjacent home and garage. A local state of emergency was declared, nearby water intakes were shut down and area residents were evacuated.

The settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. CSX officials declined to comment on the settlement.

Cold Hindering W. Va. Derailment Cleanup

February 21, 2015

Record-breaking cold was hindering cleanup efforts on Friday at the site in West Virginia where a CSX crude oil train derailed earlier in the week.

Workers had placed back onto the rails all but one of the 28 derailed cars. About 19 cars were included in the explosions and crews were continuing to carefully remove product from those cars involved in the explosions.

Crude oil in the tankers was being transferred from the damaged cars.

The process is expected to continue around the clock, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, which oversees navigable waterways. The derails occurred in Mount Carbon last Monday.

“The safety of the residents and our response personnel remain the top priority,” says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal On-Scene Coordinator Dennis Matlock. “We also continue efforts to contain, treat and recover product from the derailment scene.”

The Federal Railroad Administration said on Friday that the train was traveling at 33 mph in a 50 mph zone when it derailed. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

The train carried 3.1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil. About 6,810 gallons of oily-water mixture has been recovered from containment trenches dug along the river embankment.

The derailment has disrupted operations of Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal.

“Due to the temporary track closure, the westbound Cardinal has been originating in Indianapolis, rather than New York City. Amtrak Northeast Regional trains operating daily between New York City and Charlottesville, Va., are continuing to provide service over that route segment. The eastbound Cardinal from Chicago is truncated at Indianapolis, with chartered buses maintaining service to Cincinnati,” Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

CSX has been detouring freight traffic that normally uses the line.

Trains magazine reported on Friday that intermodal trains Q135 and Q136 were operating between North Baltimore, Ohio, and Portsmouth, Va., via former Baltimore & Ohio and Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac routes in northern West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Some domestic coal traffic has been routed between Russell, Ky., and Spartanburg, S.C., across the railroad’s former C&O and Clinchfield Railroad territories.

Merchandise trains, operating as CSX L302 were serving freight terminals and their associated industries along the affected route both Thursday and Friday with service to South Charleston from Russell and again form Clifton Forge, Va., to Richmond, Va.

W.Va. Wreck Cleanup to Continue This Weekend

February 20, 2015

The cleanup of the site of a CSX crude oil train derailment in West Virginia is expected to continue through the weekend.

The derailment occurred on the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline, which is also used by Amtrak’s Cardinal.

Amtrak has ceased operating the Chicago-New York Cardinal over its entire route through Feb. 25.

The Cardinal has been operating only between Chicago and Indianapolis with bus service offered between Indianapolis and Cincinnati

Train No. 51 did not depart from New York on Wednesday morning, although Amtrak did provide alternative transportation to those traveling as far west as Charlottesville, Va.

The same arrangement was expected to take place on Thursday and Sunday.

The derailment of the 109-car train on Monday near Mount Carbon, W.Va.,  sent 27 loaded crude oil tank cars off the tracks and resulted in a series of explosions that continued for more than 10 hours.

Railroad derailment specialty contractors have been dispatched to the scene and have been removing the burned out cars.

Nineteen of the derailed cars caught fire. CSX officials confirmed that all of the cars were model CPC 1232 cars.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials have been in contact with the Federal Railroad Administration and CSX. CSX and the FRA are providing NTSB investigators with detailed damage reports and photographs of the derailed tank cars.

The investigators will compare the data with tank-car design specifications and similar derailments, including ones that occurred in Casselton, N.D., in December 2013 and Lynchburg, Va., in April 2014.

After the derailment, some of the tank cars released an unknown amount of crude, some of which likely seeped into the Kanawha River, NTSB officials said. A one-half-mile evacuation zone was established around the derailment site.

“This accident is another reminder of the need to improve the safety of transporting hazardous materials by rail,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart. “That is why this issue is included on our Most Wanted List. If we identify any new safety concerns as a result of this derailment, the board will act expeditiously to issue new safety recommendations.”

The train was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va. The cause of the derailment remains unknown.

An estimated 1,000 residents were forced out of their homes but had returned by late Tuesday.

Multiple agencies worked to restore power ahead of brutally cold record-breaking temperatures.

“Our primary mission has been to utilize the resources available to take care of restoring utility services to the affected communities efficiently,” West Virginia Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato said.

Officials at the scene were continuing to deploy environmental protective monitoring measures on land, air and in the nearby Kanawha River as well as a creek near the tracks, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

A unified command center, operated by a collaboration of local, state and federal agencies was established on Wednesday.

“The top priorities for response personnel remain the safety of the community and responders, and mitigating the impact to the environment,” said Coast Guard Captain Lee Boone, Federal on Scene Coordinator for the West Virginia derailment.

Workers have established several access roads into the derailment site and are removing equipment where possible.

Once all fires have been extinguished, crews will transfer oil from the damaged cars to other tanks for removal from the site.