Three train cars derail off the CSX tracks in Englewood

ENGLEWOOD — A few train cars carrying cooking oil derailed off CSX tracks north of Forest Avenue on Monday morning. There were no injuries.

None of the oil spilled from the cars, which stayed upright after derailing right before noon in an incident that Fire Lt. David Haenelt called “minor.”

The cause is under investigation, said Rob Doolittle, CSX spokesman.  Monday evening, he said by email that “Rerailing is not complete yet. We're awaiting arrival of equipment at the site and expect to have the cars rerailed later tonight. This incident did not occur on our mainline and is not impacting other traffic.”

,The freight train was delivering the oil to a customer in Englewood when three tank cars came off the tracks on an industrial siding off the CSX Northern Branch, Doolittle said.

The Northern Branch, a former passenger line, is lightly used by CSX compared to the company’s River Line, which runs about two miles to the west and often carries hazardous material such as volatile Bakken crude oil. Those trains, which pass through 11 Bergen County towns, have led to several fiery derailments throughout North America.

NJ Transit has long proposed using the Northern Branch to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system 12 miles from North Bergen to Englewood Hospital. Officials are still trying to tap funding for the estimated $1-billion project.

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, R-Westwood, who has called for better rail safety by CSX amid concerns about the oil shipments, said the derailment was worrisome.

“The public is at risk when a derailment occurs, regardless of whether the materials are hazardous or not,” she said.

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