Bulldozer Causes Train Derailment in Kershaw County

The train went off the tracks around 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Lugoff, SC (WLTX) - Emergency crews are continuing to work to clear and repair the train tracks after a derailment early Saturday morning in Kershaw County.

Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray says they were called to a scene just off Highway 601 near Lugoff around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ray says 12 cars aboard an 18-car CSX train went off the tracks in a wooded area just off the highway.. The cars included at least one of the two locomotives, hopper cars, and hazardous material tanker cars.

Lugoff Fire also says the cause of the accident is due to a bulldozer being on the tracks. The blade of the machine was out on the railroad and the train ran into it as it was coming through.

Chris Spitzer with Lugoff Fire says weren't quite sure what they were dealing with until the sun came up.

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"It was hard to be able to get an assessment in the dark. The cars and the tankers and the hopper cars were back up right while some of them were tilted. Some of them were completely turned sideways," said Spitzer.

Lugoff Fire as well as the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department and CSX all responded to the incident.

No injuries were reported. There was some damage to the nearby Kenco Storage Warehouse. 

Ray says about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled, but their main concern is making sure nothing happens with the hazardous materials cars. So far, there have been no leaks from those containers, and there is no threat to the public. 

Ray says no railway crossings or roads are closed in that area. However, and AMTRAK passenger train had to be staged indefinitely at the location.

Spitzer says he's glad the situation didn't get worse than it could have been.

"We're really fortunate. No injuries. The conductor and the engineer on the locomotives for CSX are fine. Apparently had no injuries in the warehouse. So it turned out that we were fortunate in that area," said Spitzer.

At this point, law enforcement is considering this a full recovery effort. The tracks should be built and ready to be used by Monday.

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