SANDSTONE, WV (WVNS) – A train derailed and crashed in Sandstone, Summers County in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The train hit a boulder and crashed into the New River, according to Summers County 911. The train caught on fire as a result of the crash, but Summers County 911 confirmed the fire was contained as of 7:45 Wednesday morning.
The train was a CSX coal train, which was not carrying any coal at the time of the crash. According to Bryan Tucker, Vice President of Corporate Communications for CSX Transportation, this boulder caused numerous cars to go off the track.
“4 locomotives derailed and 22 empty coal cars, all of the cars were the same on this train and they were all empty coal cars, no tank cars, no hazmat’s involved in the derailment,” Tucker said.
Tucker also mentions several crew members were on the train when it crashed.
“On the lead locomotive, there were 3 crew members on the train. There was a conductor, an engineer, and an engineer in training. All three of them were saved from the locomotive and they’re safe now,” Tucker added.
Tucker said all three members were rushed to the nearest hospital and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Sandstone, Hinton, Pipestem, and Summers County Fire Departments responded to the incident, along with Summers County EMS.
Tucker says they can now move on to the next phase of clean-up.
“In the very early moments of a derailment like this, the first priority is the safety of the crew. That has been assured. Right now, we are focused on the environmental containment. We don’t know the extent of what has leaked, but once we deploy the booms, we’ll be able to determine that, and that is what right now we’re focused on,” Tucker said.
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