UPDATED STORY @ 11:00 am
MCKENDREE, W. Va. (WVNS) — After almost 24 hours, train tracks are back open following a reported train derailment in the McKendree are of Fayette County.
The accident happened around 10:30 am Monday. According to officials, crews worked late Monday evening and into Tuesday morning to move the derailed cars back onto the tracks and out of the way so trains can resume their routes.
59 News is told crews are still on scene working to move the train’s engine off the site of the accident. Officials hope to have the engine moved from the site by this afternoon.
ORIGINAL 4/16/2018 @ 10:30 am
MCKENDREE, W.Va (WVNS)— A CSX train has derailed in the McKendree area of Fayette County.
According to CSX officials, the train was traveling to Hutchinson, WV to pick up coal. CSX also told 59 News that the train consisted of two locomotives and 97 empty railcars. 10 cars have reportedly been involved in a derailment incident in a remote part of the McKendree area. There were no injuries and none of the cars made it into the river however, according to CSX the nose of the engine dipped into the water.
A CSX Hazmat crew arrived on scene and has determined there was no diesel leak. Crews will be working throughout the night to clean up so the tracks can be used again. CSX said they are expecting the railroad to open back up Tuesday morning.
New River Gorge Park Officials tell 59 News this is the first derailment incident they’ve had in a long time.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve had a train derailment in the park, which is good so we don’t deal with them all too frequently, but it does sound like the tracks are completely shut down at this time, so CSX trains as well as amtrack wouldn’t be able to travel through that area,” Public Affairs Officer with New River Gorge, Julena Campbell, said.
Stay with 59 News for updates on this developing story.