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2 CSX Workers Injured In New River Gorge Derailment Released From Hospital

Charred CSX locomotives lie on their sides, with one in the water, along with jumbled empty coal hoppers at Wednesday's derailment site.
An empty CSX coal train struck rocks on the track in the New River Gorge and derailed, injuring three workers.
Leslie Rubin / WCHS

Two of the three CSX workers injured in a Wednesday derailment in the New River Gorge have been released from the hospital, the railroad said Friday.

Another injured worker continues to receive treatment, CSX said.

An engineer, conductor and engineer trainee were operating the westbound 109-car empty coal train early Wednesday when it struck large pieces of rock on the track near Sandstone.

All four locomotives and 22 cars derailed. One locomotive came to rest in the river, and leaking diesel fuel caught fire.

By Friday, CSX said the derailed locomotives and cars had been removed from the site. The railroad said it expected to resume rail service on Saturday.

Amtrak’s Cardinal, which shares the affected track with CSX, was canceled in both directions for the remainder of the week.

As part of its restoration effort, CSX said it would excavate any soil or rock that came in contact with diesel fuel and replace it with clean material.