Train Derails Over Bridge, Bursts Into Flames - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

10/21/06-New Brighton, PA

Train Derails Over Bridge, Bursts Into Flames

Railroad tanker cars burn under a bridge crossing the Beaver River in Pennsylvania Friday. Railroad tanker cars burn under a bridge crossing the Beaver River in Pennsylvania Friday.

Several cars of a train that derailed and burst into flames over a bridge in southwestern Pennsylvania continued to burn Saturday, and officials were concerned about the risk of an explosion.

There were no immediate reports of injuries after the accident late Friday that left fiery rail cars dangling over the Beaver River, said Dom Bedolatti, 911 center supervisor at the Beaver County Emergency Management Agency.

The 80-car Norfolk Southern Railroad train was carrying ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and officials were concerned about the risk of an explosion, said Terry Erickson, a supervisor with the county Emergency Management Agency. Authorities determined there was no spill.

"It poses more a danger of an explosion than it does of a toxic situation," he said.

Still, downstream water users were notified of the incident as a precaution, said Betsy Mallison, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Eight rail cars on the bridge had caught fire, but authorities did not expect the flames to spread to homes or businesses.

"None of the cars that are on land are on fire," said Brian Hayden, a spokesman for the Beaver County Emergency Operations Center.

The eastbound train's midsection derailed while crossing the bridge, which is about 100 feet high and a half-mile long, Hayden said.

The cause of the derailment and its damage estimate remained unknown Saturday.

At least 50 people were evacuated from homes and businesses in Beaver Falls and New Brighton, emergency officials said. They were expected to remain out of their homes until later Saturday. The site is about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions and seeing flames shoot into the sky.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly