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Published on : Saturday, November 9, 2013
Pickens Co. EMA Director Ken Gibson says they speculate that the fire started when the train cars hit each other during the derailment. Several agencies are investigating now, including NTSB, National Railroad Commission and the train owner Alabama Gulf Coast Railroad Systems.
The company has brought in large equipment to begin the clean up process. Although it’s expected to take several days. We’re told the area of the derailment is in a tough place to navigate. Because of the remoteness of the crash site, the 12 burning cars will burn out, instead of trying to have firefighter put them out.Some of the crude oil that the train cars were carrying did leak into the slough. However, it’s still unknown if the oil made it into the nearby creeks.
UPDATE: The Alabama EMA is reporting more details now. They confirm 12 train cars derailed, nine were damaged and three exploded. Still no injuries reported thus far.
UPDATE: The Haz Mat team has moved other cars away from the burning ones, and they have contained any oil that is leaking from the crash.
UPDATE: Tuscaloosa Fire Department’s Haz Mat team is on the scene of the train fire. Pickensville firefighter Brian McCrary says they are going to try to disconnect the train cars from the area on fire. A helicopter is providing an aerial view of the extent of the damage.
Right now, it’s unclear if the train actually derailed. However, at least five or six rail cars on fire as well as the train trestle near the Vianna Boat Landing, according to McCrary. He tells us the train was carrying crude oil. There have been at least two explosions.
There are several reports of a train derailment this morning in Pickens County.
Callers have told ABC 33/40 there have been multiple explosions at the crash site, just outside of Aliceville.