Accident Investigations

HQ-2016-1115 (Finalized)

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 2016
RAILROAD: Norfolk Southern Railway Company
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Hazardous Materials
ABSTRACT: An eastbound Norfolk Southern (NS) freight train derailed 18 railcars on March 1, 2016, at 9:27 p.m., EST. The accident occurred near the State Street crossing in the town of Ripley, New York, at NS Milepost B66.2 on its single main track on the Pittsburgh Subdivision. Train 310C901 consisted of 2 locomotives and 33 freight cars; 18 rail cars were loaded and 15 rail cars were empty. Cars 8 through 25 derailed as a result. There were no injuries to the public or train crew. There were three hazmat cars derailed. There was a release of hazardous materials from two railroad tank cars containing alcohols, N.O.S., Class 3, UN Number 1987 and approximately 45 people were evacuated. The estimated equipment damage is $651,088. Track and wayside damages are estimated at $215,000.