|The derailment site. Photo, office of Gov. Tomblin. Click to enlarge.|
CSX said that the fires around the rail cars will be allowed to burn out. When safe to do so, CSX and its experts will begin transferring oil from the damaged cars to other tanks and those tanks subsequently removed from the site.
Initial assessments confirmed that several of the cars appear to be ruptured or leaking from valves.
CSX said that no rail cars entered the Kanawha River in this incident.
Approximately 100-125 residents of homes near the derailment site remain evacuated at this time. CSX is working with the Red Cross and other relief organizations to address residents’ needs, taking into account winter storm conditions.
The train consisted of two locomotives and 109 rail cars (107 tank cars and two buffer cars). It was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va. All of the oil cars were the CPC-1232 models.
One person was treated for possible respiratory problems and released, but no other injuries were reported. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.