An 89-car CSX Coal train derailed today on the bridge across the Anacostia in Southeast DC. While no one was injured in the crash, 10 cars full of coal ended up in the river, leaking hazardous chemicals from the hydraulic system into the already-polluted Anacostia. The Fire Department is worked on a three-pronged effort to handle the crisis.
The rail bridge is feared to be damaged by the incident, and may be in pretty rough shape. NBC 4 is running promos tonight that suggest it’s possible the engine was unmanned, but I can’t find anything to back up that assertion. I’m sure more will be coming out in the next few days.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs