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

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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.

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