Train cars derail into Potomac River near Harper’s Ferry

Train cars derail into Potomac River near Harper’s Ferry

A freight train crossing the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry derailed early Saturday morning, causing two cars to tip over a footbridge and plummet into the water.

“The empty grain cars derailed into the water and on the West Virginia shoreline, but the locomotive stayed on the tracks, CSX says. CSX says there were no hazardous materials on board and the company will work to clean up and restore the area quickly.”

Seven cars derailed on the bridge, wiping out a section of a footbridge that’s part of the famous Appalachian Trail, a major tourist draw for the town of Harpers Ferry.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation. The process of removing cars from the Potomac is expected to be a lengthy process.

Imagine if this were to happen over Lake Pend Oreille with rail cars carrying coal or oil.

Excerpt from a NBC Washington.com story by Sophia Barnes