CSX, Union Pacific experience weekend derailments

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Two freight train derailments over the weekend led to freight delays and track damages on CSX Transportation and Union Pacific.

In Kentucky, CSX and R.J. Corman contractors spent much of Monday cleaning up the aftermath of a loaded auto rack train that derailed near Elizabethtown in rural Hardin County, Ky., on Saturday night. Approximately 23 freight cars were derailed in the incident.

CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle tells Trains News Wire the train consisted of three locomotives, 61 loads of mixed freight and 82 empty railcars. Most of the railcars involved in the derailment were carrying automobiles, while one derailed railcar carrying plastic pellets also spilled some of its contents.

The derailment occurred on the railroad’s Mainline Subdivision between Louisville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., on the former Louisville & Nashville mainline.

In Sequoyah County, Okla., a precautionary evacuation was issued over the weekend after a Union Pacific freight train derailed nine cars near a residential neighborhood in the vicinity of Sallisaw, Okla., reports CBS-affiliate KOTV-DT 6 in Tulsa.

First responders believe the incident is weather derailed, but railroad crews are still determining an official cause.

No injuries were reported in either derailment.

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