UPDATE: Large boulder caused Fayette County train derailment - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Large boulder caused Fayette County train derailment

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

A CSX locomotive derailed in a remote section of Fayette County by the New River.

According to Julena Campbell with the National Park Service, ten empty coal cars also jumped the track. It happened around 9:25 a.m. Monday north of Prince, WV, near the Stretcher Neck Tunnel. 

No injuries occurred. The two conductors inside the locomotive were able to climb to safety. 

A CSX hazmat crew extracted nearly 5,000 gallons of fuel from the engine before using a crane to lift it off its side. The cleanup continued throughout the night. 

"Normal train service has resumed at the site where a CSX train derailed a locomotive and ten empty railcars Monday morning in Thurmond, WV.  Overnight, crews safely completed the re-railing of the empty railcars and the necessary track work.  Some personnel will continue working on site to address the removal of the locomotive from the property.  CSX confirmed a total of ten railcars derailed and one locomotive.  There were no leaks, spills or injuries.”--CSX spokesperson

The initial investigation indicates a landslide occurred on the train tracks. The locomotive hit a large boulder, derailed, and traveled about 80 feet before coming to a stop.

Campbell said the train was traveling from Clifton Forge, Virginia to Peach Creek, WV to pick up a load of coal at the time of the derailment.

Resource managers with the National Park Service responded to check for any damages to park resources. Assessments were also conducted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

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