UPDATE: CSX makes overnight progress on Pa. derailment, sulfur fires remain

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The aftermath of a 32-car derailment on CSX Transportation's Keystone Subdivision near Hyndman, Pa., on Wednesday morning.
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HYNDMAN, Pa. — While CSX Transportation indicated it would begin the bulk of its recovery efforts at the site of a 32-car derailment in Pennsylvania Thursday night, those efforts have been delayed.

In a Friday morning update, CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said the propane fire that had been burning at the site has been extinguished, but small sulfur fires continue to burn.

“Access to those fires is limited by the presence of other derailed cars, so moving those cars safely to gain access to the sulfur fires is the next priority for the effort,” says Doolittle.

Due to the presence of active fires, the evacuation order for Hyndman residents remained in place as of early Friday.

Despite the ongoing fires, the railroad was able to cleanup 17 derailed freight cars overnight. The cars have either been re-railed or cleared from the derailment site for later disposition.

Evacuations have been in place for more than 48 hours after an eastbound CSX freight derailed 32 cars just west of Hyndman, Pa., on the railroad’s Keystone Subdivision early Wednesday morning. The 178-car train was headed for Selkirk, N.Y., from Chicago at the time of the incident.

The derailment continues to affect freight and passenger movements along the railroad’s busy ex-Baltimore & Ohio mainline across Sand Patch grade.

Local sources report CSX is rerouting some trains via Newell, Pa., and south and east to Grafton, W.Va., on the railroad’s Mountain Subdivision. The secondary route allows trains to connect to Cumberland, Md., via the former B&O Mountain Subdivision through eastern West Virginia and Maryland.

The former B&O line through Hyndman is part of the railroad’s National Gateway Project and handles several general freight, auto rack, grain, coal, intermodal, and two passenger trains daily.

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited is not expected to resume its normal routing between Washington and Pittsburgh until late this weekend at the earliest.

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