New Video Shows Dramatic CSX Train Derailment in DC

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.

CSX said in a statement that the last vehicle sustained significant damage and will be taken from the site by a trailer.

No injuries were reported as a result of the derailment, which happened about 6:40 a.m. Sunday, but material the train was carrying was spilled. CSX said Monday that ethanol from one derailed auto and sodium hydroxide from another derailed vehicle were being offloaded so the cars could be removed from the site.

Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, is used in the making of soaps, nylon and textiles, as well as food production. It can irritate and burn the skin and eyes.

"I shudder to think of the consequences if it had been crude oil in the train cars instead of relatively less explosive sodium hydroxide", Mr. Kenney said.

The leak of sodium hydroxide here is generating an old debate over moving hazardous materials through D.C. on freight lines through neighborhoods and past the U.S. Capitol itself. He said the leak was stopped "very quickly".

CSX has said the train had three locomotives and 175 cars, including 94 that were loaded with mixed freight, and 81 that were empty. But D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who visited the derailment site Monday afternoon, said CSX officials told her that transportation on the track will be restored this week, likely by Tuesday evening.

CSX said it will now focus its attention on cleanup efforts.

Fourteen wagons of the CSX freight train overturned near Rhode Island metro station early on Sunday.

Metro said its Red Line is open and running normally Monday morning after a freight train derailed Sunday, affecting Metro's lines in Northeast Washington. The MARC commuter rail system, which serves Maryland, was operating at reduced service on its Brunswick Line. The Metro option will be in effect for Monday - passengers can ride free with their MARC tickets. An Amtrak spokeswoman said the railroad was transporting passengers by bus between Washington and Pittsburgh to connect with trains going to or coming from Chicago until the track reopens.

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