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5 NEWS UPDATE: Train Derails, Spills Diesel Fuel into Residents' Yards
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on February 11, 2013 @ 9:26AM
Created on February 11, 2013 @ 8:01PM
GORE, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities say debris from a rock slide caused a CSX train to derail in Harrison County.
One locomotive and five freight cars derailed in Gore on Saturday after the train hit the debris. The derailed cars went over a hill and hit several utility poles.
CSX spokesman Bill Sullivan tells media outlets that the train was carrying coal. It was traveling from a CONSOL Energy mine in the area to Brunswick, Md., when the derailment occurred.
Sullivan says about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the locomotive. Most of the fuel was contained but some entered the West Fork River. Some of the coal also spilled.
No injuries were reported.
Original Story (2/9):
Saturday afternoon, a train was derailed in Harrison County, spilling fuel into residents' yards.
It happened around 4:30 p.m., just off of Route 19 in Gore. CSX Transportation officials told 5 News that debris from the hill fell onto the tracks, which caused the train to derail. Officials said usually the train will just push through the debris, but this time it caused the train wheels to slip off the tracks.
One engine and six of the 80 train cars fell off of the tracks, rolled down the side of the hill, and landed in the backyard of residents' homes. Coal and grain were the only items the train cars were hauling.
No injuries have been reported. Hazmat teams were called to the scene because fuel tanks were leaking diesel fuel.
Stay with 5 News for more updates.
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