Monday, April 28, 2014
South Carolina Department of Transportation Spokesperson James Law said the cause of a Monday train derailment is still not clear.
According to Law, a train derailed at Cypress Garden Road at the viaduct near Bushy Park around 7 p.m. Monday.
No injuries have been reported.
Fire departments from Pimlico and Whitesville, plus the Berkeley County Rescue Squad, DOT, and the Berkeley Count Department of Emergency Management responded to the derailment call and remained on the scene well into the night.
According to Law, investigators are not sure what happened first, “either the bridge collapsed first and hit the train causing it to collapse, or the train hit the bridge and caused the bridge to collapse on top of the train.”
Law added that a man driving his truck over the bridge at the time of the accident didn’t have time to stop, and instead jumped the viaduct’s open space.
“Don’t know why he didn’t stop,” Law said. “Probably didn’t have time, but he jumped the fifteen-foot opening that had collapsed.
“He cleared the bridge but tore up the front of his truck.”
Law said the man was not hurt and did not want to be identified.
There were no hazardous materials onboard the train and the five cars that derailed beneath the bridge.
“Further complicating matters is that a water main broke at the bridge when the train derailed and we won’t be able to get down there and see what caused all this until daybreak,” Law said.
The DOT has already posted road closed and detour signs along Cypress Gardens Road and Bushy Park Road. Cypress Gardens Road will be closed until further notice, Law said.
The incident and why the train derailed is still under investigation.
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