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Freight train derails near Ellicott City

1 P.M. UPDATE: The Maryland Department of the Environment says there were 10 cars with hazardous materials that did not derail.

-- Associated Press

12:55 P.M. UPDATE: CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said eight cars derailed at about 10:30 a.m. Friday. Sullivan says the 60-car freight train with two locomotives was traveling from Cumberland to Philadelphia.

Sullivan said there were no injuries and no hazardous materials involved. He says cleanup crews are on their way. The train was hauling scrap, sheet rock and plastic materials.

Baltimore County and Howard County fire and rescue services also are on scene. Sullivan said officials are looking into the cause. Amtrak says the incident is not affecting its service.

Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth says an area of Patapsco Valley State Park near the site of the derailment is closed to accommodate emergency equipment.

-- Associated Press

11:55 A.M. UPDATE: A train derailment at the Baltimore County-Howard County line is not affecting Amtrak service, the rail agency said.

Howard County officials say fire and rescue services are responding to the accident.

Video from WBAL-TV in Baltimore shows a freight train with what appears to be the last eight cars off the tracks, which are alongside a river.

Fire trucks are parked on the other side of the river, and emergency responders are crossing a footbridge to reach the wreckage.

-- Associated Press

Original post: A train has derailed near Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland. WBAL-TV has video and pictures on its Web site.

No word yet if this may affect other train travel, such as Amtrak.

We'll report the latest as it comes in. If you have information to share, e-mail us at transportation@washpost.com.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 26, 2010; 11:43 AM ET
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