Freight train derails in Va; Amtrak affected

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Posted: Nov 12, 2009 3:11 PM

Amtrak has suspended service between Richmond and Newport News because of a freight train derailment.

Amtrak said in a news release that tracks are blocked, and service is not expected to resume Thursday. Service between Richmond and Washington, D.C., and points north was not affected.

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said five cars derailed Thursday morning in Henrico County and struck a caboose on an adjacent track. There were no injuries, and no hazardous materials were involved. Sullivan said three of the derailed cars were empty. The others carried pulp board and coal.

He said the cause of the derailment was unknown.