The Latest: Amtrak also affected Tuesday by CSX derailment

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Posted: May 02, 2016 6:46 PM
The Latest: Amtrak also affected Tuesday by CSX derailment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the CSX train derailment in Washington, D.C. (all times local):

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6:30 p.m.

Amtrak says trains that travel between Pittsburgh and Washington will be affected for a second day by the CSX derailment over the weekend.

Amtrak said Monday evening that its Capitol Limited train, which runs daily between Washington and Chicago, won't run Tuesday between Pittsburgh and the District of Columbia. Amtrak will be busing passengers to and from Pittsburgh to complete their journeys.

On a normal day, Amtrak has one Capitol Limited train that runs from Washington to Chicago and another that runs from Chicago to Washington. Amtrak's train 29 leaves Washington around 4 p.m. for Chicago and its train 30 leaves Chicago around 6:45 p.m. for the District of Columbia.

Tuesday's train 29 to Chicago will begin in Pittsburgh, not Washington, and its train 30 from Chicago will stop in Pittsburgh and not continue to Washington.

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5:30 p.m.

CSX says crews have completed offloading ethanol and sodium hydroxide from two damaged rail cars at the site of a freight train derailment in Washington over the weekend.

CSX said Monday evening that 15 of the 16 cars that derailed have been put back on tracks in preparation for them to be moved.

CSX said in a statement that the last car sustained significant damage and will be taken from the site by a trailer.

CSX said about 750 gallons of sodium hydroxide were spilled as a result of the derailment. Sodium hydroxide, also known as corrosive lye, is used to produce various household products.

CSX says customers with freight traveling through the area can expect delays of between eight and 24 hours.

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5 p.m.

Some commuters will have to find a different way into work for a second day as a result of a weekend freight train derailment in Washington.

The Maryland Transit Administration said in a statement Monday evening that the MARC commuter rail system's Brunswick Line will again operate with reduced service Tuesday. Trains into Washington will end in Silver Spring, the station before the capital. Passengers continuing into Washington can then transfer to the Metro rail system. In the afternoon, Brunswick Line trains will leave from Silver Spring instead of Washington.

The commuter rail system said passengers should expect the limited trains it is running to be very crowded.

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10:15 a.m.

Amtrak says two of its trains that travel between Pittsburgh and Washington are being affected by the CSX derailment over the weekend.

Amtrak said in a statement Monday that its Capitol Limited train, which runs daily between Washington and Chicago, won't run between Pittsburgh and the District of Columbia. Amtrak will be busing passengers to and from Pittsburgh to complete their journeys.

On a normal day, Amtrak has one Capitol Limited train that runs from Washington to Chicago and another that runs from Chicago to Washington. Amtrak's train 29 leaves Washington around 4 p.m. for Chicago and its train 30 leaves Chicago around 6:45 p.m. for the District of Columbia.

Amtrak says Monday's train 29 will begin in Pittsburgh, not Washington, and its train 30 will stop in Pittsburgh and not continue to Washington.

Sixteen cars from a CSX train derailed Sunday morning in Washington.

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9:15 a.m.

CSX says 16 cars were involved in a derailment in the nation's capital over the weekend, not the 15 it originally reported.

CSX updated the number Monday following an assessment of the site. The railroad says that overnight, rail cars that were not involved in Sunday's derailment were moved away from the site along with several cars that had derailed.

CSX says ethanol from one derailed car and sodium hydroxide from another derailed car are being offloaded so that the cars can be removed from the site.

CSX says it's preparing to clean up the site, which will involve replacing soil and laying new track. CSX officials haven't said how long the cleanup might take.

The railroad says ongoing air monitoring shows no negative effect on air quality.

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3:45 a.m.

The derailment of a CSX train in Washington, D.C. is forcing some commuters to find a different way to work.

The MARC commuter rail system said its Brunswick Line won't be operating in and out of Washington on Monday. MARC says the trains won't run past Silver Spring and it is urging commuters to consider alternatives.

Service on the Metro's red line was fully restored late Sunday. Officials say commuters will be able to use their MARC tickets to ride the Metro Monday.

The train derailed Sunday morning, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous materials. No injuries were immediately reported.

CSX officials haven't said how long the cleanup might take. They say they understand the inconvenience for commuters and are working as quickly as they can.