Rail lines in Sewickley reopen

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Some rail lines in Sewickley were to reopen Thursday night following a train derailment there Wednesday afternoon that left two workers injured, Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband said.

On Thursday, crews repaired and cleaned up the site where three locomotives on an empty, westbound Norfolk Southern train derailed at 1:43 p.m. Wednesday when it hit the end of another train that was stopped or moving slowly near Chadwick Street.

The three locomotives were rerailed and moved to the yard in Conway, where they will be inspected, and 280 feet of track was replaced, Mr. Husband said.

It is unclear what will happen to those locomotives, one of which flipped on to its side and caught fire during the crash, Mr. Husband said. An assessment will determine if the repairs are worth the cost, he said. He could not provide an estimated figure on the damages.

Crews are also undertaking a “remediation process” of replacing soil drenched with diesel with fresh soil. Mr. Husband said that process will take some time. About 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel were released during the crash and fire, Norfolk Southern said. None entered the nearby residential area or Ohio River.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published July 3, 2014 12:00 AM

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