Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 27, 2013

Train derails in McDowell County, tanker car crashes into Elkhorn River


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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Seventeen cars from a train have derailed this morning in McDowell County, including a tanker car that is in the Elkhorn River, emergency officials said.

The derailment occurred near Kimball between the Vivian and Landgraff communities, according to John Sidote, a public information officer with the McDowell County 911 Emergency Communications Center.

At least 17 cars are involved in the derailment, including two tankers. One of the two tankers is in the Elkhorn Creek.

No evacuations have been ordered at this time, and U.S. Route 52 has not been closed at this time. Sidote said officials do not know what type of liquid the tanker car is carrying.

Regional hazardous material crews have been contacted, and are responding, including a team from Charleston, a Norfolk Southern team and a hazmat crew with the Welch Fire Department, along with the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department.

The tanker car in the Elkhorn River is believed to have a leak. Robin Chapman, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern, said the tanker leaking fluid into the Elkhorn Creek contained asphalt. Chapman said NS has hazmat teams on the way.

The county’s Emergency Services Office has opened, and is coordinating the response to the derailment.

More details as soon as they become available.