Skooter reporting 07/12/12
A 12-person team was dispatched by the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the derailment on the Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks, which led to stunning explosions and the burning of three tank cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol. Amazingly, nobody was injured aboard the train.
It could take a year for a full investigation and yet the NTSB expects to issue an initial report on the derailment in a month.
The cause of the accident is not known yet, officials said. The explosions happened at around 2 a.m. in an industrial area near Interstate 71, north of downtown and was felt for blocks and sent flames shooting high in the air
Two people walking on the tracks to investigate the accident were injured when a second explosion happened. They went to the hospital on their own and were treated for minor injuries, officials said.
Later Wednesday, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, visited a temporary Red Cross shelter set up for evacuees, said it could have been worse if the accident had occurred in an area where more people lived.
It was fortunate the accident occurred in the middle of the night, Assistant Chief David Whiting of the Columbus fire division said.