Train col­lides with rail cars

200-500 gal­lons of diesel fuel spills from train

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer • Kelsey Re­ichen­berg may be reached at kre­ichen­berg@progress-in­ or 804-722-5109.

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.

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