CSX will clear track of derailed train by Tuesday night, Norton says

CSX said Monday evening that 15 of the 16 cars that derailed have been put back on tracks in preparation for them to be moved.

The derailment is also affecting two Amtrak trains on a line that runs from Chicago to Washington.

All hazardous chemicals have been secured after a CSX freight train derailed Sunday morning in Northeast, D.C.

"CSX appreciates the continued support of D.C. first responders as safety remains the company's first priority", the company said in a statement, adding that CSX is monitoring air quality to "confirm there are no adverse effects". The line will run as far south as Silver Spring and from there passengers can transfer to Metro at no charge for their commute to the District. Buses are on their way to shuttle passengers, but delays should be expected. That leak has also been plugged, the company said. The train was traveling from Cumberland, Md.to Hamlet, N.C.

The train derailed Sunday morning, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous materials. CSX said Monday that ethanol from one derailed vehicle and sodium hydroxide from another derailed auto were being offloaded so the cars could be removed from the site.

It carried 175 cars, 94 of them loaded with mixed freight, CXS spokeswoman Kristin Seay said.

CSX said it was preparing to clean up the derailment site, which will involve replacing soil and laying new track.

The train derailed about 6:40 a.m. Sunday (May 1, 2016) near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station and one of the cars leaked sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents, CSX said.

The Brunswick Line on the MARC Train is now blocked between Union Station and Silver Spring due to a CSX freight train derailment. Metro officials had hoped to have Red Line service fully restored by Sunday night.

The commuter rail system said passengers should expect the limited trains it is running to be very crowded.

Several cars were overturned but no injuries were reported.

The Amtrak Capitol Limited service that runs from Washington to Chicago were affected by the derailment. CSX said its wheels were so damaged in this derailment that they can't roll it out, so it will have to be lifted by a crane onto another flatbed truck.


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