Bowie residents may have to find an alternate route around Mount Oak Road for the next few days, as the road will close periodically between Nottinghill Lane and Driftwood Lane as officials work to clean up a train derailment that occurred early Thursday.
Three locomotives and 10 CSX train cars derailed in Bowie between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m. near the Olde Stage Community as the train was traveling southbound to deliver coal, said Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman.
Some of the coal spilled during the derailment, but none of the three CSX employees on board were injured and no toxic materials, such as fuel, were spilled, Brady said.
CSX officials did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails for comment.
David Deutsch, Bowie city manager, said Mount Oak Road closure will occur when officials are moving machinery across the road and could extend into Friday and Saturday as they clean up debris and make repairs.
Deutsch said this might create some inconveniences for motorists in the area, but he said he was glad nobody was hurt and no toxic materials were spilled.
Brady said the derailment was a big accident that would take some time to clean up.
“I don’t think this is something that will be cleaned up in a day or two,” Brady said.