Latest derailment: dangling oil tank cars in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh)

Repost from The Observer-Reporter
[Editor: When you are done reading about this latest wreck (including light petroleum tank cars), check out this list: 29 derailments in North America Jan 1 – June 8 this year, an average of one every five days.  See also this list of the six notable derailments involving tank car explosions.  – RS]

Derailed train cars dangle over Youghiogheny River

Jun 8, 2014

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photographer Chris Kunicki)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A couple train cars are hanging partly off a suburban Pittsburgh trestle above the Youghiogheny River after derailing, scaring people below who thought the train was ready to plunge into the river.

CSX said about 12 cars of a train derailed around 11 p.m. Saturday in McKeesport while heading from New Castle to Connellsville.

It said the 88-car train was carrying mixed freight, including carrying scrap metal and “light petroleum.”

CSX spokesman Gary Sease says the petroleum didn’t leak. No injuries were reported.

The McKeesport Marina was evacuated and McKeesport Deputy Fire Chief Don Sabol said there’s a lot of damage to the tracks. CSX said it’s not sure yet what caused the derailment.

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MORE:
29 derailments in North America 1 Jan-8 June this year, an average of one every five days.
See also this list of the six notable derailments involving tank car explosions.

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