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Train derails in New Martinsville

By Staff | Dec 24, 2015

A train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed Thursday morning in New Martinsville. Fire Chief Larry Couch said no one was hurt and the neighborhood is not in any danger. According to Couch, none of the cars ruptured and none of the gas leaked out.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — No one was injured and no gas was released when a train derailed Thursday morning on the south side of the city.

Fire Chief Larry Couch said 10 rail cars carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed around 2:45 a.m. near the Brooklyn rail yard — four of those cars were on their sides along the tracks. He said liquefied petroleum gas is anything from butane to propane. He said no gas was released and the train cars appear intact.

“The neighborhood is not in any danger,” Couch said.

Couch said he does not know what caused the accident, but the CSX and the Federal Railroad Administration will be investigating. He said the fire department, CSX and a CSX contractor all concluded that there was no problem with the integrity of the cars’ steel casings. Couch said the cars had a double steel shell casing which has an outer wall that is at least a half inch thick.

“No one found any problem with the structural integrity of the cars,” he said.

CSX was on scene preparing to get the cars back on the tracks and prepare the tracks for travel.

New Martinsville’s Fire Department was assisted by the Wetzel County EMS, Wetzel Office of Emergency Management, New Martinsville police along with Paden City’s Volunteer Fire Department on standby.