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Title: Train wreck personnel rescue
Post by: dcmkris on September 02, 2003, 01:40:43 PM
This is a series of PICS taken on May 15, 2003 by the members of the Mocanaqua, PA volunteer fire department.  The wreck took place in Newport Twp, PA, which is approximately 2 miles south of Nanticoke, PA.  (Generally the NE PA area)  

Over 100 fire personnel were involved in the rescue from several mutual aid fire departments.  

Background on wreck: A Canadian Pacific train heading northbound towards Binghamton, NY hit a washout around 6:30 AM.  A mountain stream running under the tracks draining into the Susquehanna River caused the washout.  The train was carrying 51 cars and 3 loco's some of the cars were sulfuric acid (these were not derailed).  Speed was at the 35-MPH speed limit; time to stop at train of this size would be approximately 1 mile.   The train derailed all 3 locomotives plus 7 cars some covered hoppers, 1 lumber car and 2 boxcars.  The fuel tanks were ripped open immediately spilling 4,500 to 5,000 gallons.  

Rescue information The train was found by Newport Twp police within ten minuets.  The engineer and conductor were able to get the officers attention who notified first responding rescue crews.  The locomotive the crew was in was buried in mud and had the second locomotive sitting on top of it.  A small hole was available through the window of the unit; blankets, oxygen and a digital camera were passed in to the crew.  The camera provided rescuers with the scene from the crew’s point of view.  Since the riverbank was still washing out the earth was constantly moving.   The window hole eventually caved in by surrounding earth.  No cutting torches were used due to the amount of fuel saturation around the locomotive.  A 5' hole/hand trench with a 5' x 5' box at the end was dug to reach the men and get them out.  Both men spent 8 hours trapped in the locomotive.  The conductor suffered back 7 leg injuries the engineer was treated and released. Both men were air lifted to the local hospital.

Photo Descriptions

#1.A typical train on this route.  These are the same types of locomotives that derailed.  This PIC was taken in Mocanaqua, PA on 9-02 by Kristopher Crawley.

#2.Picture of the #3 loco & #2 loco in foreground resting on top of loco #1 with the crew trapped inside.

#3.Picture of the area where the crew were trapped and exited from the locomotive.

#4.Picture of the rescue under way this shows how the locomotives ended up on the side of the riverbank.

#5.Original location of the tracks (look at RR ties) & rear of Locomotive #2 which is lying on top of locomotive #1.

#6.Rescue coordination under way at the rescue scene.
Title: Re: Train wreck personnel rescue
Post by: dcmkris on September 02, 2003, 01:42:11 PM
Photo Descriptions

#1.A typical train on this route. These are the same types of locomotives that derailed. This PIC was taken in Mocanaqua, PA on 9-02 by Kristopher Crawley.

#2.Picture of the #3 loco & #2 loco in foreground resting on top of loco #1 with the crew trapped inside.

#3.Picture of the area where the crew were trapped and exited from the locomotive.