Empty CSX coal train derails in West Virginia; no one hurt
THURMOND, W.Va. (AP) — CSX says an empty coal train has hit a rock slide and derailed in southern West Virginia. No injuries were reported.
The company says in a news release the train heading to Hutchinson derailed about 9:30 a.m. Monday near Thurmond in the New River Gorge. CSX says 10 of the 97 empty rail cars and one of two locomotives derailed.
The statement says the derailed cars remained upright.
New River Gorge National River spokeswoman Julena Campbell says in a news release that the engine that derailed landed on its side near the New River. She said the train was traveling from Clifton Forge, Virginia, to pick up a coal shipment.
She says no diesel fuel spilled and that crews are working to remove 5,000 gallons of fuel from the locomotive.
She says the track is expected to reopen Tuesday.