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Train Carrying Coal Derails in Smithfield

Posted June 2, 2007

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— A CSX train carrying coal went off the tracks in a remote area of Smithfield shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday.

There were no reports of injuries.

It happened at about 1:53 a.m. between Brogden Road and Wal Pat Road near Jerry Williams Lumber Company.

Calls to CSX were not immediately returned and it was unclear the number of cars involved or why the derailed.

Authorities said the derailment does not pose a danger but did affect Amtrak passenger trains Saturday traveling on the route to and from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.


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  • NCTeacher Jun 4, 2007

    svaraj-38758 -at- mypacks -dot- net

    I could be very wrong, but I don't remember there ever being railroads tracks on Brightleaf where Chick-Fil-A is?

  • dakota_loves_me Jun 4, 2007

    rail peeps are the people who are supposed to check the rails everyday to maybe 4 times a week before they know a whole load of coal takes off. But That will cost the city and the place where the train was supposed to deliver a lot of money!

  • daMoFo Jun 3, 2007

    What are "rail peeps"?

  • maddrummer Jun 3, 2007

    Rail systems are important for so many reasons many dont know about. Its a lifeline of this country, and basically the oldest. I agree railroad companies need to buckle down and run tighter inspection. Could have been people on that track.

  • svaraj38758 Jun 3, 2007

    Events like these happen. I would imagine that the value of that particular railline is such that the railroad makes extra effort to keep these tracks in the best possible shape. We're talking about the eastern seaboard corridor. Remember, they're making money on freight service and major problems means loss of revenue.

    Yeah, that freight train/Amtrak collision back in 1994 was massive, but from my understanding, new policies were enacted to help protect against those type of accidents. It happened on the section of track approximately where the Chic-fil-a is today in Smithfield.

  • whats it to ya Jun 3, 2007

    Seems like the rail peeps need to inspect all the tracks again..The airways have tough restictions and comply..The Rails need another and complete inspection..We have peeps that ride the rails too..Saftey on land and air is Important.

  • creekhopper Jun 2, 2007

    If the tracks there are like the ones in vance and warren counties, all the train has to do is be sitting on them to derail. The tracks around here are in such bad a shape the train can only travel at about 15 to 20 miles an hour on them. The workers even say the tracks are in bad shape.

  • r-u-crazy Jun 2, 2007

    It's that Johnston County syndrome!

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Jun 2, 2007

    It could have been worse. It was not that many years ago that an Amtrak derailed just bout 5 miles on up the line from where this happened. Just glad nobody got hurt.

  • BIG YAWN Jun 2, 2007

    Wow, really close to the scrap dump fire location. What's with that little area? Hmmmmmmm?