REPORT FROM GENESEE AND WYOMING RAILROAD
ALICEVILLE, Ala. — No injuries have been reported after a Genesee and Wyoming train going from Amory, Miss. to Walnut Hill, Fla. derailed shortly after 12 a.m. this morning near Aliceville, Ala. in Pickens County.
It is believed that 11 railcars are burning, and for safety reasons, emergency responders have elected to let them burn out. A preliminary estimate is that burn-off could take 24 hours.
It appears that a total of 20 railcars (of 90 in the train) and two of the three locomotives are derailed. Both derailed locomotives are upright and parallel to the track.
The derailment occurred near a timber trestle, which is also burning. According to emergency responders, the fire appears to be contained, and there is no indication that oil is flowing into any waterway.
Railroad senior management is on site and en route. The railroad immediately deployed hazardous materials response companies to the site. The National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Railroad Administration and National Crisis Response Center were notified per standard operating procedure. A derailment-cleanup contractor is on standby to begin work as soon as it is safe to do so.
4:30 A.M. ET
A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed shortly before 1 a.m. ET November 8, 2013, near Aliceville, Alabama, on the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway LLC.
There are no injuries, and preliminary reports are that no evacuations were necessary.
Authorities have been notified, and local first-responders are on the scene. The derailment site is in a rural area and difficult to access, but a preliminary report is that four railcars are burning.
The train was en route from Amory, Mississippi, to Walnut Hill, Florida, with three locomotives and 90 railcars.
The cause of the derailment is not yet known.
A further statement will be posted here when more information is available.