Train derails at IP Mill

Published 10:37 am Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A CSX train traveling through International Paper’s Franklin Mill derailed at 9:15 on Tuesday morning, causing the closure of Mechanic, South Main and South High streets in Downtown Franklin until 3:30 that afternoon. Several cars toppled over onto a train on a track next to it. The cause of the derailment has yet to be determined.

Representatives from the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Department and International Paper quickly responded to press inquiries and took questions at a staging area set up at the mill’s main gate.

“What we know right now is there are no injuries or environmental hazards; we are working with CSX on what was in the cars,” Lt. Tommy Potter from the Isle of Wight County sheriff’s office said.

Later in the day, a press release from CSX’s Manager of Media Relations Laura Phelps confirmed Potter’s initial statements.

“The train derailed on the CSX mainline tracks in front of the International Paper mill just after 9 a.m. and preliminary reports indicate there are no leaks, spills or injuries.”

The release went on to state, “The train was traveling from North Baltimore, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Virginia, carrying 37 loads of mixed freight in intermodal containers. We will provide updates on the progress of the work to safely re-rail the rail cars and restore the tracks.”

In a statement made on behalf of International Paper, Mill Communications Manager Jenny Railey said, “International Paper works with local emergency response agencies to prepare for and assist with situations like this. We are working with CSX as they develop their path forward.”