Cargo Train Derails in Lugoff, 12 Cars Off Tracks

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

Lugoff, SC (WLTX) - Emergency crews are working to make sure there's no threat to the public from a train derailment overnight 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.

Rays 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. 

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. 

He also is saying no evacuations ordered due to the incident.

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.

Cleanup at the site is expected to take several days. "There is major damage to the railway," Ray says.

CSX officials and cleanup crews are there, and will also work to determine a cause of what happened on the railway.

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