Train collides with rail cars
200-500 gallons of diesel fuel spills from train
HOPEWELL — A train collided with a line of rail cars carrying sulfur travelling on the right-hand track near the intersection of S. Hopewell Street and Industrial Street Monday afternoon.
According to the Hopewell Police Department, the train was thought to be continuing straight on the left-hand track but continued onto the opposing track, crashing into the sulfur cars.
According to a statement by the chief of the Hopewell Fire Department, a Norfolk Southern Rail Line train hit the CSX Rail Line sulfur cars just before 2 p.m. There were no hazardous chemicals spilled in the collision, although 200-500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the train.
A cleanup crew consisting of “cleaning contractors” on the scene was able to condense the fuel spill into a small area for cleanup, which they continue to work on as they pump fuel off the ground. The sulfur cars still need to be pulled apart, leaving them susceptible to leakage; however, this is unlikely to happen, as the substance in the sulfur cars had solidified in transit from Canada, according to the chief of the Hopewell Fire Department. As a precautionary measure, agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, are arriving on the scene to oversee a safe cleanup and ensure the sulfur does not spill when the cars are pulled apart.
Crews are continuing to clean up the spilled chemicals and debris, although it is unclear when total cleanup will be complete.
No injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
Hopewell fire department responders work around a Norfolk Southern train engine during a hazardous materials incident response in Hopewell on Monday, November 13, 2017.
Crews work to clean up diesel that spilled after a crash that occured in Hopewell on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.