TV station: Parked bulldozer is suspected cause of CSX freight train derailment in South Carolina

Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
Lugoff, S.C.
Google Maps
LUGOFF, S.C. — A bulldozer parked too close to a CSX Transportation right-of-way is the likely cause of a weekend derailment that sent two locomotives and 12 freight cars off the tracks in northeastern South Carolina NBC affiliate WISTV-10 reports.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning in the small town of Lugoff, about 30 miles northeast of Columbia. According to first responders, preliminary investigations reveal that a bulldozer was parked close enough to the right-of-way that it came in contact with the approaching train. Officials are now determining if the bulldozer was intentionally parked there or not.

Officials from CSX have yet to respond to requests for comment from Trains News Wire.

According to first responders cited in the NBC story, there was a brief threat of evacuations while first responders determined the contents of two tank cars, however those concerns were mitigated after confirming there were no leaks.

About 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel did leak from a derailed locomotive. CSX EMD GP40-2 No. 6426 and slug No. 2297 were the motive power involved in the incident.

The derailment occurred on CSX’s Hamlet Subdivision, which is part of its former Seaboard Air Line S-Line between Hamlet, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. The route is served by Amtrak’s daily Palmetto.

No injuries were reported in Saturday’s derailment.

See the original story online.

NEWSWIRETrains News Wire

  • Previous Day
  • August 07, 2017
  • Next Day
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today