– Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board’s office of
Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials are in communication with the
Federal Railroad Administration and CSX emergency response crews since the
derailment that occurred in West Virginia yesterday and will continue to
monitor the situation. The FRA and CSX are providing NTSB investigators with
detailed damage reports and photographs of the derailed tank cars. The
investigators will compare the data with tank car design specifications and
similar derailments including Casselton, North Dakota, on December 30, 2013,
and Lynchburg, Virginia, on April 30, 2014.
February 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM EST, approximately 28 tank cars in a 109-tank car
CSX crude oil unit train derailed near Mt. Carbon, West Virginia, 35 miles
southeast of Charleston, West Virginia. Some of the derailed tank cars released
an unknown amount of crude oil onto the ground, which immediately ignited. Some
of the crude oil likely entered the river. Downstream water treatment intakes
on the Kanawha River were closed as a precaution. A one half mile evacuation
zone was established around the derailment. As of Tuesday morning, emergency
crews are allowing the fire to burn itself out. At least one injury is reported.
The cause of the derailment is unknown at this time.
accident is another reminder of the need to improve the safety of transporting
hazardous materials by rail,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart.
“That is why this issue is included on our Most Wanted List. If we identify any
new safety concerns as a result of this derailment, the Board will act
expeditiously to issue new safety recommendations.”
Additional information on rail tank car safety and the Most Wanted List
can be found at: http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/mwl5_2015.aspx