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CSX TRANSPORTATION: DERAILMENT OF FREIGHT TRAIN IN KENTUCKY CAUSED BY A TRUCK'S COLLISION WITH AN UNDERPASS, CAUSING SHIFT IN TRACK OVERHEAD

CSX TRANSPORTATION: DERAILMENT OF FREIGHT TRAIN IN KENTUCKY CAUSED BY A TRUCK'S COLLISION WITH AN UNDERPASS, CAUSING SHIFT IN TRACK OVERHEAD
 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX Transportation Inc. officials today announced that the derailment of its freight train yesterday at Shepherdsville, Ky., was caused by the collision of a garbage truck with an underpass, causing a dramatic shift in the track overhead.
 The train accident, involving 27 cars, 13 of which went down an embankment of the Salt River, occurred approximately 10 minutes after the truck, owned by Waste Management Systems of Kentucky, rammed the underpass. The collision forced a severe lateral movement in the steel structure, shifting the overhead track both vertically and laterally in the direction of the truck's travel.
 There was no immediate estimate of damages to the trestle structures, rail equipment and lading, but CSXT officials said the total costs would not be material to the financial results of its parent, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX), and they will pursue full recovery from the owners of the garbage truck which caused the accident.
 "Miraculously, the train's three locomotives with our crew made it across the bridge before two of its 150-foot spans collapsed into the river," said Jerry R. Davis, executive vice president-operations of CSX Transportation. "Our engineer reported that he rounded the bend and saw the track several feet out of alignment and was unable to stop short of the damaged section of track."
 Davis said "we are exercising extreme caution with this derailment and are using full environmental containment procedures" in handling the aftermath of the accident and fire.
 The derailment, which occurred at 12:15 p.m. yesterday, resulted in a fire that burned until early this morning. Local and state authorities ordered a precautionary evacuation within a one-mile zone around the site, including the town of Shepherdsville, which remained in effect early today.
 One of the 13 cars which fell down the embankment to the river contains a liquid chemical, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), which is now leaking into the river. However, the product, which is insoluble, partly solidifies when it reacts with water, forming an essentially inert material which is easily recovered. Containment and recovery procedures began last night.
 "We are beginning cleanup procedures," Davis said, "and have rerouted all traffic affected by the accident on this section of main line."
 Principal reroutes of traffic include Nashville through Henderson and Louisville and Nashville-Evansville-Vincennes-Cincinnati, for northbound trains; and Cincinnati-Corbin to Atlanta for southbound traffic. CSXT is alerting its shippers to the new routes.
 Davis said the alternate routing on the company's system will add only minimally to its most time-sensitive traffic.
 CSX Transportation Inc. and its 36,000 employees provide rail transportation and distribution services over an 18,800-route-mile network in 20 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. CSX Transportation is a business unit of CSX Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, Va.
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