This morning at 2:49 AM, Washington County Emergency Communications Center received a phone call from CSX Railway reporting a Train Derailment on the train bridge over top the Potomac River with possible railcars in the river.
Units from company 11 (Potomac Valley) 1st due, along with our neighboring companies were alerted and responded. Support 11-7 (Capt 11) entered the Towpath at the Werton entrance and proceeded up the Towpath to the train bridge, Chief 11 (R. Otzelberger Jr.) arrived on Sandy Hook Rd at the train tunnel we he met up with EMS 1812 (Washington County Emergency Services) where they gained access to the railbed.
Washington County Emergency Communications Center remained on the line with CSX who was in contact with the train crew and relayed information about multiple railcars derailed, multiple railcars in the water, empty rail cars involved, no hazards and all onboard the freight train were safe and on the train bridge.
Chief 11 established Sandy Hook Command and advised all in coming units to stage except Support 11-0 ( Deputy Chief 11) who was to report to the train station in Harpers Ferry Wv and until he could confirm CSX’s report of no injuries and no hazards.
Command was advised Jefferson County company 1 had units onscene on their end of the train bridge and had their command post set up at the train station.
Having confirmed no injuries and no hazards, Command advised to hold company 11 and EMS 1812 on the Maryland side with Jefferson County Wv units on their side of the incident to await CSX Representatives.
At 4:20 AM with CSX officals on scene, Command was terminated and the incident was turned over to CSX.
Co. 11 Units: Chief 11 ,Support 11-0, Support 11-7, Engine 11-2
Boat 11 and Boat 20 (Washington County Special Operations) are on standby this morning to to assit CSX officals and cleanup crews with operations in and around the water.