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Norfolk Southern Says Repairs Under Way After Derailment

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- Norfolk Southern Corp. said work crews can begin to connect lines blocked by a train derailment in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday after clearing ethanol rail cars from the site.

When full train traffic can begin again isn’t yet clear, the railroad said in an e-mailed statement. Workers have laid 200 feet of track to replace damaged portions, Norfolk Southern said.

Three ethanol cars and one car hauling wheat burst into flames after seventeen of 98 cars in a mixed freight train derailed early yesterday. The “smoldering fire” that resulted was extinguished at 2:45 a.m. today, the company said.

Two cars have been re-railed, 10 are in a storage area and another five cars have been cleared from the tracks and remain at the derailment site.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board gave Norfolk Southern, the second-largest railroad in the eastern U.S., permission to begin clearing the derailment site at 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Heather Perlberg in New York at hperlberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Langford at jlangford2@bloomberg.net

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