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Tracks repaired two days after train derailment in Pendleton County

A train carrying a hazardous chemical has derailed in Falmouth in Pendleton County, forcing the evacuation of an elementary school along with a portion of town, according to city leaders and various reports.
A train carrying a hazardous chemical has derailed in Falmouth in Pendleton County, forcing the evacuation of an elementary school along with a portion of town, according to city leaders and various reports. Photo provided by The Falmouth Outlook

Train tracks blocked when a train derailed in Pendleton County on Wednesday were reopened Friday.

The train that derailed in Falmouth included 76 loaded cars and 49 empty cars heading from Cincinnati to Atlanta. The train was carrying hazardous materials, but none leaked, CSX said.

CSX officials said via press release the tracks were restored on Friday, and normal train operations will begin later. All of the 24 cars that derailed have been either removed or re-railed. CSX said some cleanup remains.

The grade crossing at Woodson Road will remain closed to traffic until crossing gates and signals can be restored.

The railroad company will continue to reimburse Falmouth residents for out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages and business interruption losses related to the derailment. These requests can be made by requesting an application form the following address:

CSX Transportation

Attention: Cindy Beggs — 14th floor J150

500 Water Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

CSX will send an application with instructions. The entire process could take four to six weeks, CSX said.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley

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