By Dave Warner
PHILADELPHIA Jan 20 A freight train carrying
crude oil derailed on Monday on a railroad bridge in
Philadelphia, forcing the closing of the busy Schuylkill
Expressway, authorities said.
Nothing leaked and there were no injuries in the derailment
near the Schuylkill River, which occurred about 1 a.m. EST (0600
GMT), the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. CSX Railroad
said it would take one to two days for workers to remove
the oil and sand cargo and the derailed cars.
The accident was the latest in a series of crashes or
derailments of trains carrying crude oil in the United States
and Canada that has raised safety concerns.
The Schuylkill Expressway was closed for nearly an hour
after the derailment and again at about noon, according to a
spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Delays occurred as well as motorists slowed to look at a
tanker car and a freight car visibly leaning sideways on the
CSX Corp released a statement saying the 101-car freight
train was headed to Philadelphia from Chicago, and that seven
cars derailed on the bridge.
Six of the derailed cars carried crude oil, CSX was quoted
as saying. The cause of the derailment was unknown, and no
injuries were reported.
The cars that derailed were at the back of the train, CSX
"The investigation continues into the cause of the
derailment," it said.
The Philadelphia crash extends a string of accidents
involving trains hauling crude oil.
Last July, a runaway oil train derailed and exploded in the
center of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
In early November, an oil train derailed in rural Alabama
and erupted into flames that took several days to extinguish.
On Dec. 30, an oil train collided with a derailed car from a
grain train outside the small town of Casselton, North Dakota.
The fiery collision spilled more 400,000 gallons of crude and
forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from their homes.