LAGRANGE, Ga. — An early morning train derailment in LaGrange spilled 300 gallons of diesel fuel near the Old Dunston Cotton Mill, but caused no injuries or damages.
Buddy Baker, the LaGrange Fire Department deputy chief, said a CSX train engine derailed near Fulton Street at about 2:03 a.m. Wednesday. It was the third engine of five going northbound. Baker said the engine was off the tracks and a 1,500-gallon fuel tank had ruptured spilling 300 gallons of diesel fuel onto the CSX right of way.
"The firefighters were able to contain it," he said, adding the spill did not contaminate the area. "We were able to contain it to the immediate right of way to the train tracks."
Baker also said 100 yards down the track at Greenville Street a tanker car with molasses had also derailed and had heavy damage. He said there were no leaks or rupture to that car.
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CSX has been called in for additional clean up and an investigation.
While derailments are uncommon, they are not unheard of. Baker said in his 33 years in the area he's seen three or four.
Wednesday's derailment is the second such incident in the area in recent months. On Dec. 29 six cars, including an automobile carrier, were derailed in Troup County in the area of Roanoke and Pyne roads. No one was injured when the cars derailed and struck two other cars in storage on the side of the track.