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Train derailment blocking some streets in Erie

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 1, 2013 at 11:27 am •  Published: November 1, 2013

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Part of a CSX freight train derailed in northwestern Pennsylvania Friday, closing two streets to traffic and closing another nearby freight track.

The train had three locomotives pulling 140 cars of mixed freight when it derailed about 10:15 a.m., CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost told The Associated Press. The train's two crew members, an engineer and a conductor, were not injured, she said.

The train was traveling from Selkirk, N.Y., to Willard, Ohio, when the third locomotive and the first five cars behind it derailed, Cost said. Those cars were carrying construction debris and no hazardous materials cargo was involved, though some diesel fuel was spilled from the locomotive, Cost said.

An Erie County 911 dispatcher confirmed there were no reports of injuries or hazardous materials beyond the diesel spill.

CSX was sending environmental experts to clean up the fuel in accordance with local, state and federal pollution guidelines. No nearby waterways were affected, Cost said, adding that two re-railing teams were expected to arrive Friday afternoon in hopes of righting the cars and enabling the train to finish the trip.

The derailment also closed down a nearby Norfolk Southern freight track, Cost said. It was not immediately clear when either rail line, or the affected streets, would reopen.


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