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CSX Coal Cars Derail in Virginia



By Josh Reyes

September 3, 2018 - A northbound CSX train derailed several empty cars in the Newport News, Virginia CSX rail yard Sunday afternoon, according to a CSX spokesman.

The derailment happened around 6:15 p.m. and did not result in any hazardous material leaks or injuries, the spokesman said. Crews from the rail company are working to clear the incident and resume normal operations in the area.

The rail yard is located near an Amtrak station, where the derailed cars were visible, some with evident damage. Some cars were piled up on top of each other, jutting up from the tracks. The damage to the cars was on their south-facing end.

CSX employees in fluorescent vests walked around the site as Amtrak employees and people living in the area took pictures on their phones, looked at the damage and speculated on what happened.

Original story: Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

CSX coal cars derailed in Newport News Sunday afternoon, according to Newport News emergency dispatchers.

The call for the incident came in around 6:15 p.m. for cars derailed near the Amtrak station at 9304 Warwick Boulevard.

Details about what type of train derailed or how it happened were not immediately available as crews responded to the incident. The coal cars appeared to be empty.

Amtrak also reported a train outside of Richmond was stopped because of the derailment, delaying its arrival in Newport News.

This is the second time CSX coal cars have derailed in this area in recent months. In May, a derailment caused damage to the tracks and halted service on the corridor for a few days as the tracks were repaired.