Train derails in Calera, spilling 350 gallons of diesel fuel

Published 8:49 pm Sunday, June 26, 2011

By BRAD GASKINS / Staff Writer

CALERA – About 350 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Sunday afternoon when a train derailed at a CSX substation, according to Calera Fire Capt. Luke Crim.

“The lead engine came up and the track gave way and the engine just laid over on its side,” Crim said of the incident, which happened about 2 p.m.

Vehicle traffic was not affected, nor were residents ever in danger, Crim said.

“It was on their (CSX) property, but it was a hazmat condition,” Crim said. “It was in an area where there weren’t any residents. We contained it to that one little area.”

The engine contained about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Crim said.

Hazmat teams from Calera, Pelham, Alabaster, CSX and the Environmental Protection Agency responded the scene and were there for five hours, Crim said.

As of 8:40 p.m. Sunday, only the CSX team was still on the scene, Crim said.

“Everything is good now,” he added.