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Alabama rail line reopens after crude-train derailment

By: | at 01:42 PM | Channel(s): Intermodal  

An Alabama railway line has reopened after the fiery derailment of a train hauling North Dakota crude oil, operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc said.

“Removal of damaged railcars, site environmental remediation, and the comprehensive investigation to determine what caused the derailment are ongoing,” it said.

Twenty-five of the train’s 90 cars derailed near a 60-foot-long wooden trestle in rural Pickens County, Alabama, and several oil tank cars burst into flames hundreds of feet high.

No one was injured and the spilled oil was contained. The incident came months after the deadly wreck in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

The Alabama train had been heading to a rail offloading facility in Walnut Hill, Florida, run by Genesis Energy LP . Genesis had said it was still able keep receiving trains after the incident. (Reuters)