Photos: coal train derailment in Maryland

by Joe Smyth

May 2, 2014

CSX workers with heavy equipment attempt to contain and clean up the wreckage of a train carrying 8,000 tons of coal that derailed early on May 1, 2014 in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. This aerial image shows the clean up on May 2, 2014. Three locomotives and 10 cars left the tracks according to the local fire department. This derailment came a day after another CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Greenpeace

©Tim Aubry/Greenpeace

A CSX train hauling about 8,000 tons of coal from Pennsylvania to Southern Maryland derailed on Thursday in Bowie, Marlyand, highlighting the risks of transporting fossil fuels less than 24 hours after another CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil exploded in Lynchburg, Virginia. Aerial photos taken by Greenpeace photographer Tim Aubry of the coal train derailment on Friday show that boom has been laid around the area as workers began to remove the several carloads of coal that were spilled.

CSX Coal Train Derailment In Maryland

The Baltimore Sun notes that The line where the derailment occurred in Bowie is also a freight line, officials said raising questions about the combined impact the Baltimore and Bowie incidents will have on freight movements in the region, including out of the port of Baltimore.

CSX Coal Train Derailment In Maryland

Joel Connelly at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that the accidents striking the CSX Railroad in the East this week are not putting Northwest minds at ease about oil and possibly coal trains passing through Puget Sound cities. Indeed, Sightline Institute researcher Eric de Place noticed that new safer tank cars were involved in the Lynchburg, VA, oil train fire.

CSX Coal Train Derailment In Maryland

More images of the Maryland coal train derailment are here and Steve Horn at DeSmogBlog has ongoing coverage of the Virgina oil train explosion here.

crossposted from Grist

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