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Report details Wellington derailment

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    Cleanup of the train derailment that occurred May 28 continues Monday in Wellington.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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WELLINGTON — The Ohio Highway Patrol released a report that detailed the 11 minutes from when the first problem occurred to the derailment May 28 of a CSX train in the village.

In a report dated June 5, the patrol, with an assist from CSX investigators, noted six key moments that occurred, with the blame being placed on a broken axle on the second engine.

In addition to the investigation, the patrol incident report added that fires which broke out as a result of the derailment led to multiple explosions. The patrol also reported about 4,246 gallons of diesel fuel leaked out, with 2,154 gallons recovered. Anthony Chenault, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency media coordinator, said CSX also recovered 260 cubic yards of contaminated soil and used absorption booms to take up the rest, which made up most of the difference left. Ohio EPA officials are monitoring the soil for diesel after rainfall.

CSX crews still are cleaning up the area.

Mayor Hans Schneider said he had nothing to add about the investigation or the cause of the derailment, but he commended the company for their dedication in the clean up efforts.

“CSX is doing great, they are making sure to take care of things and we are pleased with their efforts,” he said.

A CSX spokesman gave a statement addressing the incident report and investigation.

“CSX clean-up efforts are ongoing. All produce has been removed. The company is working to scrap five remaining railcars located in the staging area. CSX is committed to the complete restoration of the area and is actively working with Ohio EPA to recover all spilled diesel fuel.”

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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