South Carolina police looking for suspect in CSX freight train derailment

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LUGOFF, S.C. — Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspect in a CSX Transportation derailment near Lugoff, S.C., earlier this month. According to a law enforcement investigation, a bulldozer was intentionally placed along a CSX right-of-way that caused a local freight train to derail.

“CSX appreciates the assistance of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and we are fully supporting their investigation into the train derailment in Lugoff, S.C.,” says railroad spokesman Rob Doolittle.

“Sheriff’s investigators believe someone intentionally placed a bulldozer near the tracks and they are working to identify suspects. In partnership with the sheriff’s office and Crime Stoppers, CSX is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction,” adds Doolittle.

The incident caused a local freight train to derail near Lugoff on the railroad’s Hamlet Subdivision in the early hours of Aug. 5. The incident sent two locomotives and 12 freight cars off the tracks after the train’s lead locomotive collided with the bulldozer’s blade.

No injuries were reported, however there was a brief threat of local evacuations due to uncertainty with the freight train’s potentially hazardous consist.

While no hazardous materials were involved, there was a locomotive fuel tank leak of about 1,500 gallons.

The derailment occurred on the railroad’s former Seaboard Air Line S-Line between Hamlet, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. The route is served by Amtrak’s Silver Star.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the Amtrak train that serves the communities mentioned. It is the Silver Star. Aug. 25, 2017 10:21 a.m. Central time.

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