Train derails, catches fire in northwest Atlanta
ATLANTA (WANF/Gray News) - Crews are on the scene of a train derailment Friday morning in northwest Atlanta.
It happened around 6:15 a.m. Friday at the CSX rail yard off Defoor Avenue.
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department said eight rail cars, including the locomotive, somehow collided on the CSX property.
The collision caused a fire on the locomotive, which contained 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
Officials said 1,200 gallons burned off in the fire before firefighters could put the flames out, and 2,800 gallons of diesel fuel remain. But the scene has now been deemed safe.
No injuries were reported.
Defoor Avenue is closed between Collier and Chattahoochee avenues. The fire is now out, but crews will still need to deal with a big mess on the tracks.
The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is handling the scene.
In a statement, CSX said “there were no injuries to the crew, no risk to the public, and no hazardous materials involved. An unknown quantity of diesel fuel and plastic pellets were released as a result of the incident. The derailment is contained within CSX property. CSX appreciates the swift action of local first responders. Safety is our highest priority as we work to develop a recovery plan.”
Norfolk Southern said they are working with CSX to investigate the incident.
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