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UPDATE: CSX train derails, 4 cars land in river *VIDEO* *PHOTO*

Posted: Sat 11:01 PM, Mar 23, 2013
Reporter: Hillary Thornton
Updated: Sun 11:28 AM, Mar 24, 2013

CSX train derails, 4 cars land in river

DICKENSON COUNTY, Va. (WYMT) - A train derailment just below the small town of Haysi, Virginia, caused some concern for folks both in Virginia and Kentucky.

Officials say just before 10 o'clock Saturday morning, approximately 18 CSX cars were derailed near lower Splashdam Road in Dickenson County, sending four train cars into the Russell Fork River which runs into Kentucky.

Doug Tackett with Pike County Emergency Management says, "We were told at first that there was probably product in the water from one of the cars that had derailed. We went over to meet with the Virginia officials and found out there was really no product that had spilled into the river."

Incident commander, Rocky Wood explains,"All of them are empty that's in the water, we do have a tanker that is derailed that is carrying an acid that is leaking but it is not in the waterway at this time."

Due to the initial possibility of chemicals in the waterway, officials at Breaks Interstate Park played it safe by closing off river and garden hole access. Park superintendent, Matt O'Quinn says, "We hate to limit any recreational access but we have to error on the side of caution this time and make sure all the fish are ok, the water is ok, and people can enjoy themselves in a safe way."

Virginia hazardous material crews were called to the scene and officials say they expect to be there through the night. Wood says, "The main thing is we are trying to keep it from getting into the waterway because it does run into Kentucky."

There were no injuries reported in the accident.

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CSX Corporation released the following statement:

At approximately 10 am today (3-23-13), a train enroute from Hamlet, North Carolina, to Russell, Kentucky, with two locomotives and 64 freight cars derailed in Haysi, Virginia. A total of 18 cars are derailed. There are no reported injuries or evacuations. One of the cars contained propionic acid, a corrosive material used in a variety of purposes, including in herbicides, preservatives for grain and woodchips, and mold inhibitors for bread. This is the only car reported to be leaking. Another car previously carried a load of sodium hydroxide. Four cars are reported to be in the Russell Fork River. It does not appear that any of the propionic acid entered the river.

CSX is working closely with state and local emergency responders and environmental officials. Crews are on the scene to address the hazardous materials cars and to clear the derailment.

The first concern for CSX is protecting the safety of the public and the emergency responders. The cause is under investigation.

http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/CSX-train-derails-4-cars-land-in-river--199720961.html

CSX releases statement about train derailment
POSTED: 7:18 PM Mar 23 2013 UPDATED: 12:08 AM Mar 24 2013

Pictures: Train derails into river

Statement from CSX:

    At approximately 10 am today (3-23-13), a train enroute from Hamlet, North Carolina, to Russell, Kentucky, with two locomotives and 64 freight cars derailed in Haysi, Virginia. A total of 18 cars are derailed. There are no reported injuries or evacuations. One of the cars contained propionic acid, a corrosive material used in a variety of purposes, including in herbicides, preservatives for grain and woodchips, and mold inhibitors for bread. This is the only car reported to be leaking. Another car previously carried a load of sodium hydroxide. Four cars are reported to be in the Russell Fork River. It does not appear that any of the propionic acid entered the river.

    CSX is working closely with state and local emergency responders and environmental officials. Crews are enroute to address the hazardous materials cars and to clear the derailment.

    The first concern for CSX is protecting the safety of the public and the emergency responders. The cause is under investigation.

http://www.wcyb.com/news/CSX-releases-statement-about-train-derailment/-/14590844/19441232/-/harhg2/-/index.html

EARLIER:

Train derails into river
One train car leaking chemicals
By Karissa Manis, Producer/Reporter, kmanis@wcyb.com
POSTED: 3:34 PM Mar 23 2013 UPDATED: 12:11 AM Mar 24 2013

HAYSI, Va. - Train cars dangling from the railroad tracks, a scary sight for residents in Haysi, Virginia.

The train, heading from Hamlet, North Carolina to Russell, Kentucky, had two locomotives and 64 freight cars.

According to CSX Railroad, a total of 18 cars were derailed, leaving some in the Russell Fork River.

"No injuries reported, we did send a crew down to check on the conductor and everybody was fine," says Haysi Fire Chief, Rocky Wood.

The 4 cars that fell into water were empty but there is one overturned carrying hazardous materials.

"We do have one tanker car that is leaking, but it has not made it to the waterway at this time," Wood says.

Wood tells News 5 it is a slow, but controlled leak. However, it is leaking propionic acid, which is flammable and can be explosive.

According to CSX, propionic acid is a corrosive material used for a variety of reasons, including in herbicides, preservatives for grain and woodchips, and mold inhibitors for bread.

"We do have Wise hazmat team at the car right now, doing more inspection on it," Wood continues.

As a precaution, the waterway has been closed off and water management teams in surrounding areas have been notified.

For now, crews are working to make sure the leak doesn't get bigger and doesn't spread into the water.

CSX employees are working to find out what caused the accident and how to clean up the mess.

http://www.wcyb.com/news/Train-derails-into-river/-/14590844/19439890/-/vlvf9q/-/index.html

CSX train derails in Haysi in Dickenson County
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:45 pm | Updated: 10:32 am, Sun Mar 24, 2013.

KEVIN CASTLE | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER |


A train enroute from Hamlet, N.C., to Russell, Ky., with two locomotives and 64 freight cars derailed in Haysi, Va., Saturday morning. Fifteen cars derailed, including five that were in the Russell Fork River. No injuries were reported. (Photo by David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier)

HAYSI, Va. — State hazardous material and federal transportation officials arrived in Dickenson County Saturday afternoon following the derailment of 18 cars from a CSX train bound for Kentucky that had four of those freight cars plunge into the Russell Fork River.

CSX regional spokesperson Bob Sullivan said Saturday that the derailment happened just before 10 a.m. when the train traveling northward from Hamlet, North Carolina to Russell, Kentucky with two locomotives and 64 cars derailed just outside the town of Haysi.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, Sullivan said.

Haysi Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rocky Wood said that four of those containers were empty, according to the CSX manifest of the train that was given to them when they arrived on the scene to plan the emergency response needed.

A fifth car, Wood said, was dragged 150 feet along the railroad track during the derailment and landed on a cliff. After the impact, Wood said, the car began to leak propionic acid.

"None of the chemical has entered the water at this time and haz-mat crews are working to keep that from happening,” Sullivan said. “The main concern right now is that the tank does not fully rupture.”

According to CSX data, propionic acid is a corrosive material used in a variety of purposes, including in herbicides, preservatives for grain and wood chips, and mold inhibitors for bread.

Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the acid is a fungicide and bactericide that is registered to control fungi and bacteria in stored grains, hay, grain storage areas, poultry litter, and drinking water for livestock and poultry.

The acid, first registered as a pesticide in the early 1970s, is also oily, colorless and has a pungent odor. People ingest naturally-occurring propionic acid in common foods such as butter and cheese, the federal Environmental Protection Agency says, and it is a normal part of human metabolism.

The EPA also reported that propionic acid’s potential for significant environmental risk is minimal.

Wood confirmed that officials with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's Region 6 Hazardous Material Response team were assisting in the containment of the acid.

An officer with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration arrived just after 4 p.m. to help with the investigation of the cause of the derailment.

Wood's rough estimate for clean-up at the scene was two to three days. In the meantime, Wood said current plans by state and CSX officials do not call for any evacuations of the nearby Tom's Bottom community and Breaks Interstate Park.

Breaks officials posted on their Facebook account feed that, due to the derailment and the "limited information received from law enforcement," the park’s river access points at Garden Hole and Ratliff Hole would remain closed until federal and state authorities deemed the waterway safe.

"All emergency personnel safety and the public's safety is the main concern at this point, to keep everybody safe,” Wood said. “That residential area and the park are still a few miles downstream. We do have precautions and plans in place if those areas should have to be evacuated, but right now, we do not plan on doing that.”

kcastle@bristolnews.com

(276) 645-2531

Twitter: @BHCCastle

EARLIER SATURDAY

Officials with the Dickenson County, Va., Sheriff's Office confirmed that a train owned by CSX derailed this morning just before 10 a.m. Saturday near Splash Dam Road in the town of Haysi.

According to CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan, the 64-car and two-locomotive train was headed from Hamlet, North Carolina, to Russell, Kentucky when 18 cars derailed.

Sullivan said that no injuries, deaths or evacuations have been reported at this time.

One of the 15 cars has been reported leaking, Sullivan said. That car contained propionic acid, a corrosive material used in herbicides, preservatives for grain and woodchips, and in mold inhibitors for bread.

More than one car contains hazardous materials, according to Sullivan, and crews have been dispatched to handle those cars and the derailment.

CSX officers, the Virginia State Police, state hazardous material crews and local fire departments are currently on the scene. Breaks Interstate Park, according to an announcement on the park's Facebook page, has closed access to the Russell Fork River at the park's Garden Hole and Ratliff Hole sites until federal and state officials decide conditions are safe.

CSX is working closely with state and local emergency responders and environmental officials. Crews are enroute to address the hazardous materials cars and to clear the derailment.

Breaks Interstate Park: https://www.facebook.com/#!/breakspark?fref=ts

kcastle@bristolnews.com

(276) 645-2531

Twitter: @BHCCastle

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