Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1 Dead From Train Crash

One person was killed after two trains crashed causing one to partially derail in North Versailles this morning. The accident occurred near the U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Works. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office confirms the fatality but did not provide any other details.
U.S. Steel spokeswoman Erin DiPietro says the trains are owned by Union Railroad, which is part of Transtar, a U.S. Steel subsidiary whose trains serve the steelmaker's plants.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Helen Humphreys says it was previously reported that 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as a result of the derailment. However, Humphreys says the diesel fuel came from one of the engines and it has a 1,200 gallon capacity. Humphreys says it also appears that the fuel did not contaminate Turtle Creek but they are still awaiting confirmation from DEP employees on the scene. Humphreys says the cleanup is to begin shortly.

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