Crime & Courts

Lugoff train derailment caused by criminal act, reward offered for information

12 of 18 cars of a CSX train derailed after hitting a bulldozer left on the tracks, an investigation has determined.
12 of 18 cars of a CSX train derailed after hitting a bulldozer left on the tracks, an investigation has determined. Photo provided by Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray.

An investigation has determined that the derailment of a CSX train in Lugoff on August 5th was the result of a criminal act.

Authorities are now hoping to identify the person or persons responsible for the yellow bulldozer that was left on the tracks near U.S. 601 causing 12 cars of the 18-car CSX train and one of the two locomotives to leave the track.

CSX is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties.

The derailment at 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 5th, led to “major damage” to the tracks, Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray said at the time.

Though no one was injured, one of the cars damaged a neighboring storage warehouse and diesel fuel leaked from the locomotives, Ray said.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and CSX continue the derailment.

If you have information that can help in the investigation, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC

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