17 March 2023
The 8 March 2023 rockslide and train derailment in Sandstone, West Virginia
The rockslide that triggered the derailment was small, as the image above shows. However, it was sufficient to derail all four locomotives and nine coal cars, according to a statement by the train operator, CSX. The front locomotive, which was transporting three members of the train crew, caught fire. All three people escaped, although they were injured.
The image above shows the fresh scar from the small landslide that triggered the derailment. It is very interesting to note the devastating effect that such a comparatively minor failure can inflict. As I have highlighted previously, landslides and trains are a challenging combination.
Many thanks to Matthew Eynon for bringing this one to my attention.