CSX Train Derails in New River Gorge

Sep 12, 2018

A train derailment this past weekend in the New River Gorge may have dropped coal into a tributary of the New River, according to an email released by the National Park Service Wednesday.

The train, which had at least eight cars carrying coal, was operated by CSX.


Updated on Sept. 12, 2018 at 5:07 p.m.

A representative with CSX sent the following statement, "At approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, a CSX train derailed eight loaded coal cars in Fayette County, West Virginia. While there is no estimated timeline for the completion, crews are working around the clock, as quickly as weather conditions allow, to fully restore the area."

Original Story:

According to the release from the New River Gorge National River, containment efforts are underway by CSX, which include silt fencing to catch any contaminants that might enter the water.  No fuel leakage was involved in the incident and there were no injuries.

Rangers responded to the derailment early Sunday, which occurred along the CSX rail line hear the Fayette Station area of New River Gorge National River.

According to Park Service officials, coal between one-eighth and one-sixteenth of an inch in size spilled from the train into Marr Branch, a tributary of the New River that flows in just below Fayette Station.

CSX has not issued a press release about the train derailment, and a call to the company for information was not returned by the time this story was published at 4:22 p.m. September 12th.