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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of CSX Freight Train Q316 and Subsequent Hazardous Material Release

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 12:37 p.m. eastern daylight time on Saturday, June 20, 1998, 30 of the 148 cars making up eastbound CSX Transportation, Inc., (CSX) train Q316 derailed at Cox Landing, West Virginia. Of the derailed cars, three were loaded with hazardous material, and eight others contained hazardous material residue. Two of the loaded cars were damaged in the pileup and leaked a combined volume of about 21,500 gallons of formaldehyde solution. No one was injured during the derailment of the train; however, 15 persons reported minor injuries as a result of the release of formaldehyde. Total damages in the accident exceeded $2.6 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this derailment was an unstable roadbed that resulted from the inadequate or ineffective measures taken by CSX Transportation, Inc., to permanently correct known drainage problems in the accident area.

Accident Location: Cox Landing , WV    
Accident Date: 6/20/1998
Accident ID: ATL98FR021

Date Adopted: 6/29/1999
NTSB Number: RAR-99-01
NTIS Number: PB99-916301