Southampton CSX Freight Train Derailment Illustrates Unacceptable Dangers on the Railroads
Further details have emerged of a CSX train derailment on Thursday morning in Southampton County that left two railroad workers injured.
The accident involved two locomotives, trains 17,000 carrying gallons of fuel and a fire. It could have been so much worse.
That’s not to negate the injuries suffered by two engineers after a CSX locomotive derailed and ended up on its side.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Major Gene Drewery of the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said one of the injured workers had lost consciousness and suffered back pain. He was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The other was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital. I was relieved to read their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The accident involved two trains. Each of them held 8,500 gallons of fuel, but only one tank ruptured, according to investigators. The derailment sparked a fire in a wooded area of Southampton County close to the Ashland Chemical Plant.
No chemical spill was involved in the accident. “We were lucky,” Drewery said.
The derailment occurred at about 2:30 a.m., according to CSX spokeswoman Carla Groleau. The locomotives were hauling 35 cars when both locomotives and 10 cars went off the tracks. The train had left Portsmouth, VA and was en route to Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
The Federal Railroad Administration is to investigate the cause of this accident.
Those like myself who are familiar with the workings of the railroad injury will know how this accident could have been much more serious if more tanks ruptured.
Earlier this year the explosion of a runaway train in Quebec, Canada devastated a small town and killed almost 50 people.
I have previously written about serious defects in DOT-111, a soda-can shape tanker. The tanker is the workhorse of the American railroad industry which means thousands of them are out there. Unfortunately this defect causes this tanker to rupture easily in a derailment.
Until the railroad industry cleans up its act, workers will continue to be unnecessarily injured and those living near railroads will face unacceptable risks.
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