Clean-up continues of CSX DC derailment

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A satellite image of the overpass where CSX Transportation crosses over a Norfolk Southern line in Alexandria, Va.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Amtrak and Virginia Rail Express passenger services south of Washington are expected to resume today as crews continue clean-up of a weekend CSX Transportation train that tumbled off an overpass onto Norfolk Southern-owned tracks below.

In a statement to media, a CSX representative confirmed that several cars of a train of 91 loaded and 76 empty cars derailed about 7 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

The location of the derailment, in Alexandria, is a former Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac route that passes over NS's former Southern and Chesapeake & Ohio line which leads into NS's Seminary Yard just to the east. Amtrak and VRE use both lines that run south of Washington.

The Washington Post quotes National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt as saying that the train was moving about 30 mph well below the 50-mph limit for the area.

The Post also reports that CSX crew members told the NTSB that the ground underneath the train felt spongy as they approached the overpass.
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