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Gov. Justice provides update on train derailment in Summers County

March 12th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Justice announced that a rockslide near the city of Sandstone caused a train derailment earlier this week in Summers County. All 109 train cars were empty. The derailment injured three crew members, caused parts of the train to catch fire, and sent one locomotive and one fuel tank into the New River.

The site of the accident is located just south of Sandstone inside the New River National Park and Preserve. CSX owns twelve feet from the middle of the track to either side and will be responsible for cleanup. The company is sending a spill response unit that will coordinate with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) on mitigation and remediation efforts.