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Cleanup at Va derailment site to last until June

Wednesday - 4/17/2013, 4:30am  ET

HAYSI, Va. (AP) -- Cleanup at the site of a train derailment in southwest Virginia isn't expected to be completed until early June.

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan told the Bristol Herald Courier ( that work includes moving nitrogen fertilizer off five cargo cars and eventually dismantling the cars for scrap.

The 64-car, two-locomotive train was headed from Hamlet, N.C., to Russell, Ky., when 18 cars derailed March 23 in the town of Haysi. About 1,100 gallons of propionic acid leaked from the one of the cars. CSX says the substance didn't reach the nearby Russell Fork River.

Propionic acid is used in herbicides, preservatives and other materials.

Sullivan says work on containing the acid should be completed this week.


Information from: Bristol Herald Courier,

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