Train Derailment Cleanup
Continuing coverage of the train derailment in Spartanburg.
Crews working to clear trees and move cranes in to get the cars back on the tracks are making progress.
A total of four cars and one engine derailed around 1:30AM Friday morning. The train was carrying a total of 90 cars full of ethanol.
Two of those cars flipped over onto their tops, the third was upright but off the tracks.
The plan is to use four side cranes to put the engine, a hopper car, and the upright tanker car back on the tracks.
The crews will flip the overturned tanker cars onto new wheels.
Each tanker carried 60,000 gallons of ethanol.
Chief Marion Blackwell, Spartanburg Fire Department, "we're concerned when we hear ethanol. But this was a low speed track in town so therefore when it did derail it was under a low speed and didn't cause a lot of damage to the cars. And that kept the product in the containers. And that's what made us luck this morning."
There were no injuries and, because it was not in a residential area, no evacuations. CSX told the chief it expected to have the tracks cleared by 5PM tonight.
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