CSX Train Derails in Southampton County, VA Causing Fire and Injuries to Two Workers
When freight trains carrying chemicals derail the consequences can be serious for railroad workers and people living near the railroad.
I was alarmed to read about the derailment of a CSX train in Southampton County, VA early Thursday morning, which left two engineers injured and sparked a fire.
Maj. Gene Drewery of Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a call from CSX that a train had derailed between the Dominion Power Plant and the Ashland Chemical Plant around 2:30 a.m. on September 19, reported WAVY.com.
“The train with two engines was slowing into the chemical plant when it derailed. There was a diesel fuel spill, but there was not a chemical spill,” WAVY reported.
Drewery told WAVY.com the fuel spill was contained after the derailment and was being cleaned up in the hours after the derailment. The crash also caused a fire, which the sheriff’s office described as large, but under control.
The TV channel reported on how two engineers were transported from the derailment scene with injuries. One was treated for injuries at Southampton Memorial Hospital, and the other was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Delaware Road will remain closed until crews can clean up the crash.
As an experienced Virginia railroad worker injury lawyer, I have helped many engineers and other workers who were hurt in derailments and other railroad crashes.
The safety record of railroad companies such as CSX and Norfolk Southern remains questionable and railroads have resisted the introduction of new technology which could make their workers safer.
Our firm’s results include a $650,000 jury verdict for a railroad conductor trainee who was riding on the side of a railroad car when a hostler truck, owned by CSX, pulled onto the track in front of the oncoming train.
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