CSX Train Derails at Isle of Wight Paper Mill

I am concerned to read breaking news reports about a train derailment and a HAZMAT situation at a paper mill in the Isle of Wight.

WAVY.com reported this morning that deputies with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office have responded to reports of a train derailment with possible hazardous materials on board near International Paper in Isle of Wight County. A picture from the scene showed a CSX engine and tanker cars off the tracks. A Virginia State Police spokeswoman later said there did not appear to be hazardous materials on the train.


The TV channel said the reports are yet to be confirmed. Dispatchers said they were responding to reports of a possible derailment at Carrsville Highway and Jamestown Lane around 9 a.m.

Lt. Tommy Potter of the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s told the channel there is a possible hazmat situation related to this report.

Derailments don’t happen often in Hampton Roads but they can be serious, particularly if there is a chemical leak.

In 2013, a CSX train derailed between the Dominion Power Plant and the Ashland Chemical Plant in Southampton County.

The train was slowing into a chemical plant when it derailed. Although there was a diesel spill, there was no chemical spill. The incident sparked a fire and injured two railroad engineers.

CSX Faces Lawsuits Over Tennessee Derailment and Chemical Fire

Earlier this year, I wrote about how CSX is facing multiple lawsuits over a fire and chemical spill a year ago in Maryville near Knoxville, when one of its trains carrying a flammable liquid derailed. It caught fire and forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

The train that derailed in Tennessee was carrying acrylonitrile, a toxic chemical which produces poisonous hydrogen cyanide when catches fire. One firefighter lost his life after exposure to the chemical.

I hope there has been no chemical spill in the Isle of Wight. However, I am aware that the well-known weakness of many tank cars used by the railroads and a rapidly-deteriorating track, means these trains are an accident waiting to happen.

The worst happened in South Carolina more than a decade ago. I worked with the victims of the Norfolk Southern crash in Graniteville, SC after a Norfolk Southern train derailed in 2005, causing a chlorine gas spill that claimed the lives of nine people.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, our railroad accident injury lawyers work with injured railroad workers and people who live near the tracks who have been harmed by derailments and chemical spills. Call me at (757) 455-0077 if you have been hurt in a railroad incident.

John Cooper


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