Cleanup to begin soon after train derails in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) – CSX officials say cleanup efforts will soon begin after one of its freight trains derailed in Washington, D.C.

It’s not clear what caused a freight train to derail this morning in downtown Washington, D.C. Crews are inspecting the tracks, which are used by CSX, Amtrak and the MARC commuter rail system.

CSX Spokeswoman Kristin Seay said the sodium hydroxide leak from one of the derailed cars was sealed Sunday. She said another car was found to be leaking non-hazardous calcium chloride. That leak has also been plugged.

Seay said another car that derailed was slowly leaking ethanol from the base of a valve. She said officials are working to re-seal the valve and that the ethanol has been contained.

No one was injured in the derailment and no evacuations have been ordered.

The train was heading to Hamlet, North Carolina from Cumberland, Maryland when 14 cars derailed early Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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