Four injured after Alabama train collision

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PICKENSVILLE, Ala. — Railroad officials are investigating a collision between two trains on Genesee & Wyoming’s Alabama & Gulf Coast Railroad that happened late Thursday afternoon. Law enforcement officials tell NBC affiliate WTVA that four railroad workers were airlifted after the collision to nearby hospital. On Friday, one railroader was awaiting surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital due to a head trauma injury.

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. local time Thursday near Pickensville, Ala., on the railroad’s line between Columbus, Miss., and Linden, Ala. The incident occurred in a rural area located near the Alabama-Mississippi line.

G&W has operated the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railroad since 2012. The route is part of the original St. Louis-San Francisco Railway. Today, G&W hauls chemicals, iron, pulp and paper, scrap, and other commodities on the 283-mile railroad.

“The two locomotives were not pulling any railcars and did not derail in the incident. The track speed requirement at that location is a speed that allows the engineer to stop the train within half the range of the engineer’s vision, not exceeding 20 mph,” G&W spokesman Michael E. Williams says in an email statement to Trains News Wire. “At this time, I have no details to add to what has already been reported, and our primary concern is for the injured AGR employees."

Williams says a comprehensive investigation is underway.

See the original article online.

UPDATE: Comments from a Genesee & Wyoming representative. Dec. 29, 2017. 12:07 p.m. Central time.
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