CSX: Repairs Made To Leak In Rail Car

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

Updated: 10:05 A.M. 4/3/2011

CSX says repairs have been made to a rail car whch leaked a diluted hydrochloric acid solution late Saturday night.

A rail yard employee says a gasket was replaced on a valve on the car, and the car, while still at the rail yard, has been moved to a different site.

A supervisor at the Wood County 911 center says the leak was contained around 3 A.M. Sunday.
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Updated: 2:08 a.m. Sunday

When the tanker rail car was moving and the diluted hydrochloric acid solution was shaken up inside, it was reacting with the moisture in the air and creating a tiny amount of vapor that was released Saturday night, according to CSX Train Master Mike Bias. He said most of the cars have vents.

The car was then parked and the vapor was apparently not being released. Officials were just waiting for the car to be fixed in order to be moved out of the yard early Sunday morning.

Bias said the DuPont Hazmat team left the scene Saturday night since the car was not from their plant as originally thought. He said they did not have the right equipment to fix it.

Around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, a different hazmat team was on its way to the low yard near 19th Street in Parkersburg to fix the car so it could go to Tetra as originally planned, he said. The car reportedly came from Kentucky.

Bias said there were no concerns with it.
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A tanker rail car apparently leaked a small amount of a diluted hydrochloric acid solution, equivalent to battery acid, in Parkersburg Saturday night.

Parkersburg Fire Captain Eric Taylor said the leak was isolated quickly on the rail car at the lower end of 19th Street near the flood wall Saturday night.

He said the leak which was a vapor since it came in contact with rain water, was found around 9:30 p.m. when a worker was rearranging the railcars.

A Wood County 911 Center dispatcher said the worker who called it in said it was leaking from the top. The release apparently stopped when the rail car came to a halt. At 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Taylor said the DuPont Hazmat team was expected to change the cap in order to be able to move the railcar from the intersection.

The area was isolated and there were no evacuations, according to Taylor.

Members of the Parkersburg Fire Department, Wood County Emergency Management Office, CSX Railroad, and the DuPont Hazmat team responded.


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