CSX freight trains jump tracks in MD, VA

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Bowie, MD, United States (4E) – A CSX train carrying 8,000 tons of coal derailed in Bowie, Maryland Thursday morning, a day after another freight train loaded with crude oil jumped its tracks causing three cars to fall into a river and catch fire.

No one was injured in both rail accidents. Three locomotive and 10 of 63 cars of the coal train left the tracks with one overturning and spilling coal about 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Old Annapolis Road and Laurel Bowie Road, Prince George’s fire officials said. Three crews aboard the train were not injured.

The coal train was headed from a coalmine in southwestern Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh, to Woodzell in southern Maryland when it derailed, CSX spokesman Gary Sease said. Firefighters and hazardous-materials personnel rushed to the scene.

CSX’s operations out of Seagirt Marine Terminal were at a “standstill” as of Thursday morning and train officials are preparing the reopening of the freight line.

The derailment followed a similar accident in Lynchburg Wednesday afternoon when 12 and 14 tanker cars of a CSX freight train loaded with crude oil jumped its tracks along part of the swollen James River. At least three cars fell into the river.

Spilled oil burned along the river’s surface prompting firefighters to evacuate nearby buildings for several hours. They left the fire burn out.

The 3 p.m. spill was contained before it stretched more than a quarter of a mile downriver, said William Hayden, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Lynchburg city government spokeswoman JoAnn Martin said drinking water was not affected by the spill.

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