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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 08/ 5/2010

Freight train derails in Baltimore

By Washington Post editors

Baltimore officials say a freight train has derailed in a tunnel beneath the city, but none of the cars have overturned and no injuries have been reported.

Emergency officials were alerted around 8:15 a.m. Thursday that a train had derailed in the north end of the Howard Street rail tunnel. In 2001, the tunnel was the scene of a derailment that led to a large underground fire that burned for days.

City Emergency Manager Robert Maloney says two of the cars were carrying hazardous materials, but no leaks have been detected.

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan says the train with three locomotives was headed from North Carolina to New York. He says it is affecting freight service, but not passenger rail service.

He says no one has been injured and the incident is under investigation.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 5, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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