Evacuation zone reduced, rail traffic resumes at CSX derailment site in PA

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HYNDMAN, Pa. — CSX Transportation reduced its evacuation zone over the weekend allowing residents to return to their homes in Hyndman after a more than 72-hour mandatory evacuation period due to an Aug. 2 train derailment.

CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle says the evacuation zone has been reduced to a limited area surrounding the derailment site. A small perimeter remains in place to allow railroad and contractor crews to repair track and remove leftover railcars.

Environmental experts were also able to determine the derailment and subsequent fires have had no impacts to air quality.

As of Sunday morning, freight traffic was gradually returning to normal with a parade of eastbound trains moving from Connellsville, Pa., and westbound trains leaving from Cumberland, Md. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

At around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 32 cars of a 178-car freight train traveling to Selkirk, N.Y., from Chicago derailed just west of Hyndman. The derailment sparked several fires that burned more than 48 hours after the incident.

The derailment suspended all freight and passenger service across the railroad’s Keystone Subdivision for several days, including disruptions to Amtrak’s daily Capitol Limited and other high-priority freight traffic running between the Midwest and Baltimore and the Northeast.

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