Dalton trains crash, derail

Dalton trains crash, derail

October 13th, 2010 by Adam Crisp and Joy Lukachick Smith in News

Freight shipments backed up throughout Dalton, Ga., Tuesday morning after a train rammed into another train stopped on its track.

Officials said that, about 3:30 a.m., a CSX freight train traveling about 10 mph ran into the back of the second train, derailing several cars and sending five empty shipping containers tumbling into nearby brush.

Staff Photo by Adam Crisp/Chattanooga Times Free Press Three cars on a CSX freight cars derailed Tuesday near the Five Springs community in southern Whitfield County, Ga. The accident backed up trains all through Dalton, Ga.

Staff Photo by Adam Crisp/Chattanooga Times Free Press Three...

At midmorning, a dozen or so workers and federal inspectors worked to right the large containers, one of which appeared to have sustained major damage. Crews were using cranes to move the containers back onto the tracks as a handful of tow trucks waited nearby.

No injuries occurred and the track was back in operation about 1 p.m., delaying five freight trains during the morning, said Gary Sease, a CSX Corp. spokesman.

"The quick work of our track repair teams minimized those delays," he said in an e-mail.

Both trains and the railroad track are the property of CSX, an international transportation company, Sease said.

The derailment about a quarter of a mile from the intersection of Five Springs Road and Corporate Drive was difficult to reach by foot or vehicle.

Federal Railroad Administration officials were investigating the crash and will determine the cause once the investigation is complete, said Rob Kulat, an agency spokesman.

"They will reconstruct the whole scenario," Kulat said. "[But] we don't release probable cause."