Derailment Closes part of Intercoastal Waterway in Va.

March 26, 2010

A derailed locomotive on a trestle in Chesapeake has leaked approximately 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel into the Intercoastal Waterway.

The Coast Guard closed the waterway in the area after the locomotive derailed at around 5 a.m. Friday. The locomotive is hanging over the trestle's edge. Chesapeake Fire Department Capt. Sam Gulisano says the engineer got out safely and there are no injuries.

The Coast Guard identified the rail company as Chesapeake-Albemarle, which operates in southern and northeast North Carolina. A worker who answered the phone at the railroad declined comment.

Coast Guard petty officer Dennis Henise (hen-eyes) said the rail normally carries rock and potash.

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