MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, PA – Four CSX rail cars full of construction debris derailed in Millcreek Township, PA on November 1, causing traffic delays at several intersections. Millcreek Township is located in Erie County, Pennsylvania in the northwestern corner of the state about 122 miles north of Pittsburgh.
The mishap occurred around 10:30 a.m. on November 1, just west of Pittsburgh Ave in the center of town. Four rail cars of a CSX train derailed and tipped over spilling construction debris and damaging a section of track.
The mishap also caused a diesel fuel leak from one of the three locomotives on the train. About 200 gallons of fuel spilled as a result of the derailment.
There were no injuries reported and no railroad workers were hurt in the mishap.
The 140 car train was traveling westbound on the tracks at the time of the mishap. It was heading to Willard, OH out of Selkirk, NY at the time. The train was nearly 2 miles long and blocked several intersections while crews and heavy equipment were brought in to clear the tracks, re-rail cars and make repairs.
The cause of the incident is not known at this time but is currently under investigation.
Blog post by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Pennsylvania railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.