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National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Document Series

By Hall, Jim

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Title: National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Document Series  
Author: Hall, Jim
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Transportation and society, National Transportation Safety Board (U.S.)
Collections: National Transportation Safety Board Collection
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Publisher: National Transportation Safety Board

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Hall, J. (n.d.). National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Document Series. Retrieved from http://worldebooklibrary.com/


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Excerpt: About 12:37 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, June 20, 1998, 30 of the 148 cars making up eastbound CSX train Q316 derailed at Cox Landing, West Virginia. Of the derailed cars, three were loaded with hazardous material, and eight others contained hazardous material residue. Two of the loaded cars were damaged in the pileup and leaked a combined volume of about 21,500 gallons of formaldehyde solution. No one was injured during the derailment of the train; however, 15 persons reported minor injuries as a result of the release of formaldehyde. Total damages in the accident exceeded $2.6 million. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of this derailment was an unstable roadbed that resulted from the inadequate or ineffective measures taken by CSX Transportation, Inc., to permanently correct known drainage problems in the accident area. The investigation determined that the first wheel of train Q316 to derail was on the leading axle of the trailing truck of the 74th car on the train, car CCX 752. This determination was based on the fact that all wheels of the first 73 cars were on the track when the front portion of the train came to rest. Additionally, wheel marks visible on the crossties and on the center sill of CCX 752 indicated that this car had derailed first, as did the break in the top weld of the coupler carrier, which indicated that the car had dropped off the rails and continued, at least momentarily, while the following car remained on the rails.

 

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