UPDATE: The National Park Service released the following information:
CSX Haz Mat team arrived this afternoon, as well as the WV Department of Environmental Protection to do assessments of the accident area. Resource managers from the National Park Service also responded this afternoon to check out any damage to park resources.
It is confirmed that no diesel fuel was spilled during the accident. The 2 conductors that were inside the locomotive engine when it went off the tracks were NOT injured and climbed out to safety to report the incident around 9:25 am.
Crews were picking up the derailed cars this afternoon and transporting them out of the area to make more room.
Crews will work through the night (they are prepared with spotlights, heavy equipment, etc.) to extract nearly 5000 gallons of fuel from the engine (NOTE- this is more than originally thought bc it had recently been refueled) before uprighting it with a crane and moving it out of the area.
NPS crews have come in for the night, but will return tomorrow to assist. CSX expects the railroad to be reopened sometime tomorrow morning.
THURMOND, W.Va. (WOAY) – CSX says an empty coal train has hit a rock slide and derailed in Fayette County. 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.
CSX crews are working with first responders to assess the derailment.
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