Nothing leaked and there were no injuries in the derailment near
the Schuylkill River, which occurred about 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT),
the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. CSX Railroad said it would
take one to two days for workers to remove the oil and sand cargo
and the derailed cars.
The accident was the latest in a series of crashes or derailments of
trains carrying crude oil in the United States and Canada that has
raised safety concerns.
The Schuylkill Expressway was closed for nearly an hour after the
derailment and again at about noon, according to a spokesman for the
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Delays occurred as well as motorists slowed to look at a tanker car
and a freight car visibly leaning sideways on the railway bridge.
CSX Corp released a statement saying the 101-car freight train was
headed to Philadelphia from Chicago, and that seven cars derailed on
Six of the derailed cars carried crude oil, CSX was quoted as
saying. The cause of the derailment was unknown, and no injuries
The cars that derailed were at the back of the train, CSX said.
"The investigation continues into the cause of the derailment," it
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The Philadelphia crash extends a string of accidents involving
trains hauling crude oil.
Last July, a runaway oil train derailed and exploded in the center
of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
In early November, an oil train derailed in rural Alabama and
erupted into flames that took several days to extinguish.
On December 30, an oil train collided with a derailed car from a
grain train outside the small town of Casselton, North Dakota. The
fiery collision spilled more 400,000 gallons of crude and forced the
evacuation of 1,400 people from their homes.
(Reporting by Dave Warner; editing by Edith Honan and David
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