A CSX Corp train line remains shut for operation after the derailment and explosion of an oil train on Feb. 16. The roadbed and tracks were damaged, although the CSX spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the work required only a few days for the service to be operational.
The derailment of the train carrying oil in West Virginia caused widespread panic during its aftermath. The train was carrying oil from North Dakota’s shale fields with a quantity of more than three million gallons of crude.
Families have been evacuated as the derailed wagons caught fire, leaking oil into Kanawha River. The nearby houses caught fire, almost turning them to ashes.
However, no injuries were reported except for one person, who has been treated for smoke inhalation. The train crew had been able to decouple the engine from the burning wagons and were unharmed.
No dates have been cited by the authorities as to when the train can run again on the tracks. Soil excavation is being carried out on the spot where oil had spilled due to the derailment.
The 109-car train that was going to the destination in Yorktown, Virginia last week was derailed, followed by an explosion in Mount Carbon, West Virginia where a house burned. CSX was carrying oil from North Dakota en route to the oil depot in Virginia.
“Without predicting the work specifically at Mount Carbon, that type of work could be done in days,” said CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost. She added that it was “still premature” to estimate the exact date of the track’s complete restoration.