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CSX: Broken rail caused derailment

Officials say the cause of a freight train derailment in Baltimore earlier this month was a broken rail.

CSX Transportation spokesman Gary Saese said Thursday that there was "no doubt" that a broken rail caused 13 cars to jump the tracks in the Howard Street Tunnel on Aug. 5. In 2001, a more serious derailment at the same site led to a chemical fire that disrupted downtown Baltimore for a week.

Saese says the track in the tunnel had been scheduled for replacement before the derailment and that work on the project will begin this month and be finished around Labor Day.

-- Associated Press

Information from: The Baltimore Sun

By Michael Bolden  | August 20, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Freight Rail, Maryland  
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