Tracks at Sandstone to reopen following train derailment

SANDSTONE, W.Va. — Train tracks along the New River in Summers County where a CSX train derailed Wednesday are set to reopen sometime Saturday.

In a Friday afternoon update, CSX said it has safely removed all 22 cars and four locomotives from the tracks in Sandstone. Train service is expected to resume once all repairs are complete.

Crews also removed the boulders on the tracks which caused the derailment.

Two of the three injured CSX crew members have been released from the hospital, according to the railroad company. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

CSX is continuing to excavate and remove any soil or rock that came in contact with diesel fuel and will replace it with clean material. The National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection are supervising those efforts.

The company previously said an unknown amount of diesel fuel and oil spilled from the locomotives. CSX said there were no hazardous materials being transported.

Mitigation efforts will continue until the area is completely restored.

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