A CSX freight train derailed Wednesday morning after hitting a rockfall in a remote area of West Virginia, injuring three crew members and spilling diesel fuel into a nearby river, according to a news release. of the company.
The three crew members were on the locomotive, which caught fire after the derailment, and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, CSX said. Two were airlifted and the third was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, an operator with the Summers County Office of Emergency Management told CNN.
Diesel fuel and oil spilled in the New River, and containment measures will be put in place, CSX said. The company also noted that the coal train was empty and was not carrying hazardous materials. CSX spokeswoman Sheriee Bowman told CNN that 22 empty train cars derailed.
“The incident did not pose any danger to the public,” the CSX statement said.
The derailment comes about a month after a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed and caught fire near East Palestine, Ohio, releasing potentially hazardous chemicals into the air and water. The incident prompted bipartisan political efforts to prevent future incidents.