MCKENDREE, W.Va. (WV MetroNews/WSAZ/AP) -- UPDATE 4/16/18 @ 8:50 p.m.
CSX says an empty coal train has hit a rock slide and derailed in southern West Virginia. No injuries were reported.
The company says in a news release the train heading to Hutchinson derailed about 9:30 a.m. Monday near Thurmond in the New River Gorge. CSX says 10 of the 97 empty rail cars and one of two locomotives derailed.
The statement says the derailed cars remained upright.
New River Gorge National River spokeswoman Julena Campbell says in a news release that the engine that derailed landed on its side near the New River. She said the train was traveling from Clifton Forge, Virginia, to pick up a coal shipment.
She says no diesel fuel spilled and that crews are working to remove 5,000 gallons of fuel from the locomotive.
She says the track is expected to reopen Tuesday.
New River Gorge National River authorities have released more information about the train derailment Monday morning.
Spokesperson at New River Gorge National River Julena Campbell told MetroNews affiliate WJLS they received initial reports of the crash just before 10 Monday morning.
“It sounds like that there was a slide, probably caused by all the wet weather, that slid across the tracks. Initially that’s looking like that’s what caused it.”
Campbell also said it was a CSX train and the locomotive is off of the tracks. Ten empty coal cars have also derailed. The locomotive and the 10 cars did not go into the river, but the locomotive was on its side.
No one was hurt.
HazMat crews from CSX were on the scene to help with cleanup.
Officials say the train was headed from Clifton Forge, Virginia, to Peach Creek, West Virginia, to pick up coal.
CSX officials, National Park Service Rangers and Fayette County fire crews are on the scene.