CSX train derails after striking rock slide adjacent to New River

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THURMOND, W.Va. — A CSX Transportation derailment Monday morning sent at least one locomotive tumbling towards the New River and another 10 coal cars off the tracks.
"Just after 9:30 a.m. today, a CSX train headed to Hutchinson, W.Va., derailed the lead locomotive after colliding with a rockslide just south of the Thayer Post Office road crossing in Thurmond, W.Va.," CSX representative Katie Chimelewski tells Trains News Wire.

"Preliminary reports indicate at least part of the locomotive is submerged in the New River, which is adjacent to the tracks. CSX personnel are working with local first responders to assess the situation and take steps to protect the river and surrounding area," Chimelewski says. "The safety of the community, the environment and everyone on site is our top priority as we develop a recovery plan. The train consisted of two locomotives and 97 empty railcars.”

Local media reports indicate at least one locomotive’s nose was submerged in the New River with nearly a dozen coal cars derailed.
Heavy rains and widespread flooding were reported across West Virginia late Sunday as a cold front pushed through the area, bringing heavy rains, wind, and a sudden drop in temperatures.

UPDATE: Comment from CSX Transportation. April 16, 2018, 12:29 p.m. Central time.
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