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Crews work to clean up after train derailment

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 08:25 AM EDT

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio— Multiple crews were on the scene well into the night working to contain a fuel spill after a train derailment Wednesday night.
 
Crews say this incident could have been much worse than what it turned out to be after a train  derailed, caught fire and caused all four lanes of state route 7 to be closed down for several hours.
 
Officials say around 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, a train  traveling north derailed near the entrance to the Steubenville marina, sparking a fire and fuel spill.
Fire,  EMS and hazmat crews were all on scene to contain flames and fuel, to prevent further disaster.
 
"Within about 15 minutes we had the fire extinguished. Then it became a matter of looking to see how much diesel fuel was spilling out of the engine. “according to Chief Carlo Capaldi from the Steubenville  Fire Department.
 
Once Steubenville firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in the engine they found a hole in the fuel diesel fuel tank, which can hold up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel, forcing officials to call in a hazmat crew to assist in the cleanup.
 
Capaldi confirmed, "It appears the spill was minimal, the hazmat team was able to contain it and stop the leak and prevent any further diesel from coming out of the engine so it appears that it's not leaking at this time."
 
Luckily none of that diesel leaked into the Ohio River.
Given the circumstances, Capaldi said the incident could have been far worse.
"The report of a fire on the rail car, at the time we didn't know what type of rail car or what the material was that it was carrying. So it could have been a lot worse depending on the material involved, what type of car. "
 
 
The northbound lanes of state route 7 were re-opened to traffic just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
 
Capaldi says it's now up to Norfolk Southern Railway and which will work in conjunction with the county hazmat team to assess the damage and how much of that diesel fuel spilled. He says Norfolk Southern has their own cleanup crew that will be responsible for cleaning the site.

Crews work to clean up after train derailment


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