PHILIPPI – A 90-car train carrying coal wrecked deep in the woods in Barbour County early Friday morning.
Crews will be spending the weekend cleaning up the 11 hopper cars that derailed, Appalachian & Ohio Railroad officials said
The train lept from the tracks around 4:30 a.m. near Tygart Junction, approximately four miles outside Philippi in Barbour County. There were no injuries in the wreck, said Bonnie Hackbarth, spokesperson for the railroad.
Repairs and cleanup to the track should be completed by Sunday night, Hackbarth said.
There was no apparent reason for the train to have derailed, Jimmy Hennager, the raiload’s roadmaster, said. He told The Inter-Mountain at about noon at the scene of the accident that a clean-up crew was on the way.
Hennager said the derailment happened about 39 cars deep into the train, which was carrying coal from the Brooks Run Mine.
“I am hoping to have the cars set up on rail and the tracks opened back on Monday,” Hennager said.
Officials said none of the spilled coal went into the nearby Tygart Valley River.
Hennager said the crews needed to get the track back up and running by Monday morning because more coal is scheduled to be transported from the mine.