Information about train derailment at Harpers Ferry on December 21, 2019

photo of train cars derailed off of a bridge into a river at Harpers Ferry
Train derailment at Harpers Ferry on December 21, 2019

NPS/T. Troxel

 
Update as of January 17, 2020

The National Park Service (NPS) is working with CSX to determine the steps required to assess, fund and repair the pedestrian footbridge across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The timeline for re-opening the footbridge is unknown at this time. We will continue to provide updates as we know more.
 
Update as of December 27, 2019

The pedestrian footbridge remains closed. All areas that were temporarily closed due to proximity of the train derailment, such as John Brown's Fort and The Point, have now reopened.

Below is more information about areas of the park affected by the footbridge closure.
 
Information as of December 21, 2019


Just before 4 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2019, a CSX train derailed from the bridge crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry. There were no injuries or hazardous materials involved in the derailment. CSX is fielding calls about this incident by phone at 1-800-232-0144.

The derailment affects access to parts of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The following information details closures and impacts on visitor access.

  • The footbridge attached to the CSX bridge is indefinitely closed.

  • Park users will be unable to cross between Harpers Ferry and C&O Canal towpath.

  • Park users will be unable to cross from Harpers Ferry to the Maryland Heights trail.

  • The footbridge is part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. AT hikers should check in with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for updates about the trail.

Other areas of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, such as The Point and John’s Brown Fort, are closed temporarily because of proximity to the derailment. These areas will reopen once cleanup and assessment are complete.

This page will be updated when there is new information about access to park areas.

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-6029

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