Accident Investigations

HQ-2016-1126 (Finalized)

  • 01
  • May
  • 2016
LOCATION: Washington, DC
RAILROAD: CSX Transportation
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Derailment
ABSTRACT: On May 1, 2016, at about 6:34 a.m., EST, an eastbound CSX Transportation (CSX) mixed freight train, Q40130, traveling on double main track (Track No. 2), at a recorded speed of 27 mph derailed 16 cars on CSX’s Baltimore Division, Metropolitan Subdivision in Washington, DC, in Ward 5. Train Q40130 consisted of 3 locomotives and 175 cars, 94 loaded and 81 empty, with various commodities including hazardous materials, with a total length of 11,013 feet and 14,489 trailing tons. Of the 16 cars that derailed, 2 were loaded hazardous material cars that released a portion of their contents and 1 was a residue hazardous material car that did not release any contents.