The Latest: Commuters to be impacted by train derailment

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Posted: May 01, 2016 6:26 PM
The Latest: Commuters to be impacted by train derailment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment and hazardous material leak in Washington, D.C. (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The derailment of a freight train in Washington D.C. could make for a messy commute in the area Monday.

Officials say commuters should expect major services disruptions on the MARC Brunswick Line Monday. MARC says trains likely won't operate past Silver Spring.

Metro officials say they hope to have Red Line service fully restored by Sunday evening.

CSX Spokeswoman Melanie Cost said could not say how long the cleanup might take.

She said CSX understands that this is a "significant inconvenience to commuters" and is working as quickly and safely as possible.

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2:45 p.m.

CSX officials say cleanup efforts will soon begin after one of its freight trains derailed in Washington, D.C.

CSX Spokeswoman Kristin Seay said the sodium hydroxide leak from one of the derailed cars was sealed Sunday.

She said another car was found to be leaking non-hazardous calcium chloride. That leak has also been plugged.

Seay said another car that derailed was slowly leaking ethanol from the base of a valve. She said officials are working to re-seal the valve and that the ethanol has been contained.

No one was injured in the derailment and no evacuations have been ordered.

The train was heading to Hamlet, North Carolina from Cumberland, Maryland when 14 cars derailed early Sunday.

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9:35 a.m.

CSX says one of its freight trains has derailed in Washington, D.C., sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.

CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said no injuries were reported after the train derailed Sunday about 6:40 a.m. She says one of the derailed is leaking sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including soap and detergents.

Sodium hydroxide is a highly corrosive chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes. CSX says it is working with first responders to contain the released product.

No evacuations have been ordered.

The CSX train had three locomotives and 175 cars, including 94 that were loaded with mixed freight, and 81 that were empty.

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8:20 a.m.

A CSX freight train has derailed in Washington, D.C., leaving several cars overturned and a possible hazardous leak.

Fire officials tell WTOP-TV (http://bit.ly/1W0ldIF) that several cars overturned near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station about 7 a.m. Sunday, and emergency responders were working to contain a leak. Officials say they do not know what substance is leaking.

Rhode Island Avenue was closed in both directions from 4th to 10th streets in Northeast.

The Red Line's Rhode Island Station also is closed. Metro said it would establish bus shuttle service between the NoMa and Brookland stations.