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August 9, 2017

R. J. Corman Railroad Services: Responding to a Hazmat Derailment in Pennsylvania

On August 2, 2017, 32 cars containing hazmat product derailed in a remote location near Hyndman, Pennsylvania. The derailment led to several tank cars rupturing and catching on fire. Because of R. J. Corman Railroad Services’ previous experience and success with large-scale hazmat derailments, they were called upon again to respond to the emergency.


The Columbus, Toledo, and Pittsburgh divisions all went to the location to help get the mainline back up and running with two additional divisions acting as relief crews. Twenty five people with three 583 sidebooms, one 572 sideboom and a loader worked diligently to assist the customer's Mechanical, Transportation and Environmental Departments by clearing cars, reinstalling track with track panels provided by R. J. Corman Material Sales, and remediating any environmental impacts caused by the incident. Within three days of the 32 car derailment, the work was complete, and the mainline was reopened for service.