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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of CSX Transportation Train No. Q39010

Executive Summary

On Monday, March 12, 2007, about 6:58 a.m., CSX Transportation (CSX) train No. Q39010, a mixed freight train, derailed near Oneida, New York. The train was en route from Buffalo, New York, to Selkirk, New York. At the time of the derailment, the train was traveling about 47 mph. The train consisted of 3 locomotives and 78 cars. Twenty-nine cars derailed. Six tank cars were breached, including four carrying liquefied petroleum gas, one carrying toluene, and one carrying ferric chloride. An explosion and fire followed that led local emergency response officials to close two elementary schools and evacuate a 1-mile area around the derailment site. Four firefighters were taken to a hospital for observation as a precaution because they had stepped in a pool of ferric chloride. There were no fatalities. Estimated damages and environmental cleanup costs were $6.73 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the March 12, 2007, derailment of CSX train No. Q39010 and subsequent release of hazardous material near Oneida, New York, was the failure of the rail from an undetected detail fracture that initiated from an area of shelling on the rail.

Accident Location: Oneida , NY    
Accident Date: 3/12/2007
Accident ID: DCA07MR009

Date Adopted: 9/30/2008
NTSB Number: RAB-08-05
NTIS Number:  

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