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UPDATE: Train Derails in Harrison County; Coal Cars and Diesel Fuel Spill

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--Update 2/11/13--

CSX said crews restored the railroad tracks early Monday morning.

The company is now working to move the freight. The next step will include cleaning up the spilled diesel fuels and coal.

Officials said workers were using heavy equipment Monday to widen the narrow road that leads over the tracks and down to a nearby home. Workers are knocking down trees and putting heavy gravel down to support the weight of the engine as they drag it out.

Spelter Fire Chief Matt Shingleton said Sunday that the family living in the nearby home was relocated to a motel, officials said.

The company does not have an estimated completion date for the cleanup.

---Update 2/10/13---

The Spelter Volunteer Fire Department tells 12 news it was called back to the scene on Sunday morning for a reported injury.

Officials said a man working on the clean-up project was hit in the head with a crane. He suffered several cuts but his injuries were non-life threatening.

CSX said it is working with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to clean up the spilled coal and diesel fuel.  It said the five freight cars were cleared off of the tracks, and crews were working to repair the rail line.  The rail is expected to re-open sometime Sunday night.

--Update 10:16 p.m.---

Spelter Fire Chief Matt Shingleton said nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked onto the ground and into the West Fork River.

Shingleton also said 500 gallons of engine oil leaked from the train.  He said engine oil did not spill into the river.  According to Shingleton, the locomotive was on its side which caused the fuel tank to rupture and oil to leak.

Shingleton said the train was 225 feet over the hill and on its side when he got to the scene. 

---Update 8:59 p.m.---

According to CSX Spokesman Bill Sullivan, it appears the train derailed after a recent rock slide left debris on the track.

The train had two locomotives and 80 freight cars that were carrying coal when it was traveling from a Consol Mine in West Virginia to Brunswick, Maryland.

Five of the cars derailed in the accident, causing coal and diesel fuel to spill.

Sullivan said some of that fuel did get into the West Fork River but crews are working to clean up the fuel and coal. Sullivan added most of the fuel was contained. CSX emergency crew contractors are assisting in the clean up.

The track is currently closed, it's unclear when the track will reopen.

Sullivan could not provide details on how much damage was done to the cars or how much it would cost to clean up the spilled items and repair the cars.

CSX is still investigating.


The Harrison County Sheriff's Department said CSX will be handling the investigation.  

--Original Story--

The Clarksburg Police confirmed a train derailment that happened in Gore around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.  

Police said multiple coal cars spilled over. Diesel fuel also spilled from the train, but crews were able to contain the fuel into a ditch.

No injuries were reported. 

Several fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies were on scene.

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