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Train Derailment near Fulton/Rockett’s Landing

Please be mindful of potential traffic issue. No reports of injuries.

From CBS6:

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Fire Department is responding to a reported cargo train derailment in Richmond.

Six of 22 cars have derailed between the 3100 and 3300 blocks of Williamsburg Avenue in the Fulton/Rocketts Landing area of Richmond, according to a Richmond Fire Department spokesperson.

There were no initial reports of injuries or hazardous materials leaking from the derailed trains.

Traffic in the area may be impacted by the derailment.

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Tim Grape 03/27/2019 at 12:59 PM

2nd derailment in Richmond in a week.

Leon Buckminster Lewis 03/27/2019 at 1:08 PM

Two derailments in almost as many days?!

Amira Aronovici 03/27/2019 at 1:27 PM

Leon Buckminster Lewis what?!?!!!

Ashton Toler 03/27/2019 at 1:56 PM

Jimmy Harris – I guess it WAS a derailment. ?

Matt Hughes 03/27/2019 at 2:24 PM

I really worry about a full oil tanker derailing downtown one of these days. Would certainly be catastrophic.

Möllöy Blanton 03/27/2019 at 2:26 PM

Nancy Fleck Blanton

Nancy Fleck Blanton 03/27/2019 at 3:06 PM


Jackee Sadicario 03/28/2019 at 9:30 AM

Derailments aren’t uncommon.

Michael Grabow 03/29/2019 at 2:09 PM

Jackee Sadicario can you think of others in Richmond? I don’t remember ever hearing about one in the city, let alone two in a couple of days.

Jackee Sadicario 03/29/2019 at 3:27 PM

Michael you don’t hear about them because they aren’t at crossings. They happen in yards all of the time. And also this set of track is only used by two trains a day & had a 10 mph speed restriction. The rail is maintained to the standard the FRA stipulates. The track in more commonly traveled paths is taken care of differently.

Jackee Sadicario 03/29/2019 at 3:29 PM

It really isn’t anything to sensationalize. The cars were, I think, filled with paper. News media and even public officials know absolutely nothing about trains and track. The word derailment isn’t that scary for people close to those who work in this business.

Brandon Olsen 03/29/2019 at 5:36 PM

So true. I work around a lot rail cars. Derailment happens all the time!

John Calhoun 03/29/2019 at 6:06 PM

I got a chance to do a ride along with the surface inspector for DHS and one of the things he told me is that derailments happen all the time. They’re usually minor and not nearly as threatening as we’re made to believe.


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