No injuries, no spills in train derailment near LaGrange

Six rail cars jump track; CSX officials start investigation

amccallum@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 30, 2009 

— A train derailment in Troup County Tuesday morning wasn’t deemed dangerous, but it was unusual.

Capt. Steve Preston of the Troup County Fire Department said no injuries or spills resulted from the crash, but he couldn’t recall the last time an accident of that nature occurred.

“I think the last one that I remember was about 25 years ago,” he said, adding that he was thankful those circumstances don’t happen often.

Preston said the cause of Tuesday’s derailment, which occurred in the area of Roanoke and Pyne roads and involved CSX cars, is unknown. He said it’s typical for the railroad company to dispatch an investigation team to the area of the derailment to determine a cause.

The fire department responded to the scene about 10 a.m., after an area resident called 911, Preston said.

“He was outside playing with his child.” Preston said.

As the fire department was leaving the scene Tuesday morning, CSX officials were arriving to start the investigation.

Gary Sease, CSX spokesman, said the accident is currently being investigated. He said his company looks at the tracks, the rail cars and locomotives as a starting point.

Sease said Tuesday’s derailment involved six of the 75 cars in a train pulled by three locomotives traveling from Birmingham, Ala., to Waycross, Ga. The six cars were derailed and struck two other cars in storage on the side of the track, he said.

Sease said only one of the cars was carrying materials — an automobile carrier with vehicles. It is unknown if any of the vehicles were damaged.

The CSX investigation was expected to be completed Tuesday night, and the track was expected to open again sometime after midnight. Sease said the cause of the derailment could be identified as early as a few days or as long as a few weeks.

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