Floodwaters wash train from tracks in Anson County

September 17, 2018

A major cleanup was underway in Anson County Monday after a CSX freight train was washed off the tracks by floodwaters at Hailleys Ferry Road south of U.S. Highway 74.

Several engines and cars, including tanker cars, were toppled, some landing in a vertical position in the mud. According to CSX, a total of nine locomotives and five railcars derailed. None was carrying hazardous materials and none spilled their contents, the railroad said in a statement.

The locomotives did spill diesel fuel and motor oil, and crews were employing buoys to contain the fuel and skim it off the standing water. CSX said representatives were working with the Environmental Protection Agency on the cleanup.

The train crew was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

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