Probe into train derailment under way

A six-car CSX train derailed Sunday in South Philly. (William Bender / Staff)
A six-car CSX train derailed Sunday in South Philly. (William Bender / Staff)
Posted: March 25, 2013

Six cars in a CSX freight train derailed early Sunday afternoon in the company's Greenwich Yard in South Philadelphia, between the Philadelphia sports stadiums and the new GlaxoSmithKline building at the Navy Yard.

Three of the six cars fell on their sides, one of them containing vinyl acetate, but there were no leaks or injuries, according to CSX spokesman Robert Sullivan.

Vinyl acetate is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor, used in products including latex paints, paper coatings, adhesives, textiles and safety glass.

CSX said the derailed cars were part of a train with two locomotives and 87 freight cars, arriving in Philadelphia from Rocky Mount, N.C.

Philadelphia police and fire crews responded to the scene shortly after the incident occurred at 12:25 p.m. Stevenson said CSX crews were enroute to put the equipment back on the rails.

The cause of the incident is under investigation, the spokesman said.


Contact Susan Snyder at 215-854-4693 or ssnyder@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @ssnyderinq.

Staff writer Bob Warner contributed to this article.

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