Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — A total of 16 cars were involved in a freight train derailment in the nation’s capital over the weekend, CSX said Monday, not the 15 it previously reported.

CSX updated the number following an assessment of the site. The railroad says that overnight, rail cars that were not involved in Sunday’s derailment were moved away from the site along with several cars that had derailed.

No injuries were reported as a result of the derailment, which happened around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, but hazardous material the train was carrying was spilled. CSX said Monday that ethanol from one derailed car and sodium hydroxide from another derailed car were being offloaded so the cars could be removed from the site. Sodium hydroxide, also known as corrosive lye, is used to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents, CSX said.

CSX has said the train had three locomotives and 175 cars, including 94 that were loaded with mixed freight, and 81 that were empty.

Work at the site of the derailment was affecting Washington-area commuters Monday with one commuter rail line running reduced service and stopping before Washington. The MARC commuter rail system said its Brunswick Line was operating at reduced service and stopping in Silver Spring, Maryland, the station before the capital. Passengers were being asked to transfer there to the Metro rail system. The commuter rail system said passengers should expect the limited trains it is running to be very crowded.

CSX said it was preparing to clean up the derailment site, which will involve replacing soil and laying new track. CSX officials haven’t said how long the cleanup might take.

The railroad says ongoing air monitoring shows no negative effect on air quality.


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