LATEST DERAILMENTS: A 3rd in Selkirk Railyard in less than 2 months, and 1 in Arkansas

[Editor: This is the 3rd derailment in the Selkirk Railyard since June 24.  See LATEST DERAILMENTS: 2 in Selkirk NY in a week, another same day in Selkirk, Manitoba.  – RS]

Eight freight cars derail at Selkirk CSX rail yard

By Kevin O’Toole, August 13, 2016, 8:42 pm, News10, Albany

SELKIRK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Emergency crews responded to a train derailment at the CSX Rail Yark in Selkirk, N.Y. Saturday evening.

A CSX representative told News10 that around 7 p.m. Saturday eight cars of a CSX freight train derailed.

There are no reports of leaks or injuries from the incident.

The CSX representative said the train cars were carrying intermodal freight from Chicago to North Bergen, N.J.

Emergency crews are still assessing the scene, and CSX says the investigation to identify the cause of the derailment will begin once the scene is safe.

Contractors are on standby to help clean up the site, and clear the derailed cars once crews have finished assessing the scene.

Union Pacific train derails in SW Arkansas

31 railroad cars derail on Highway 82 causing major traffic snarl
By Nancy Cook, 08/15 2016 10:50AM,
Derailment – Lafayette County, Arkansas

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Ark.  |  A Union Pacific train derailed just outside of Lewisville, Arkansas this afternoon, causing a traffic slowdown on Highway 82 that is expected to cause delays throughout the day Monday, though there were no injuries.

Lafayette County Sheriff Obie Sims says the call came in about the train derailment involving 31 cars around 12:45 p.m. today.

Lewisville is about 20 miles south of Texarkana, and Highway 82 is the main thoroughfare to Texarkana from Magnolia and Hope.

The tracks run parallel to Highway 82, which has been reduced to one lane during the clean-up. Sims said the cleanup will continue throughout Monday, and until it’s complete, traffic will be very slow.

The cars were carrying frac sand, which is made from sandstone and is not hazardous, but, Sims said, made a mess and “ripped up the bridge.”