CSX hazmat cars jump track in Baltimore
Two weeks after a CSX train derailed on a bridge and dumped seven loaded coal cars in the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., the East Coast railroad experienced another accident, this time in Baltimore.
A freight train carrying hazardous materials partially derailed Saturday morning near M&T Bank Stadium where the Baltimore Ravens professional football team plays, according to news reports from the area.
About a dozen cars skipped the track and one fell on its side. The train was traveling from Philadelphia to Rocky Mount, N.C.
CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said three of the derailed cars were hazmat cars, two carrying a flammable resin and one with residue of tetrachloroethylene, a product in cleaning solutions that can be toxic if inhaled. No leaks or injuries were reported and the stadium was unoccupied.
The Baltimore Sun said CSX cleared the accident and repaired the track. Freight traffic resumed on Sunday.
The city is uneasy about CSX hazmat trains after a 2001 derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in the Howard St. tunnel and caused a huge fire that caused parts of downtown to be evacuated. The paper quoted the mayor as saying she wants better communication with the freight railroad about the types of through loads during events at the stadium and nearby Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles baseball team plays.
Meanwhile, WRC TV in Washington reports that CSX has removed the rail cars from the Anacostia River and is in the process of cleaning up the coal.