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Train derailment cleanup in Irwin County

September 9, 2007

Irwin County -- The CSX rail line in Irwin County re-opened Sunday afternoon, almost one day after 17 train cars derailed near Osierfield Road near the Irwin-Ben Hill County line.

The 17 derailed cars were a part of 85 cars being carried by a CSX locomotive from Atlanta to Waycross.

A five mile stretch of Wray Road in the Osierfield community was closed off Saturday night while crews worked throughout the night to repair a portion of CSX's rail line and remove the derailed cars. 

A spokesperson with CSX tells us that the repairs have been completed and the railway is now open. The closed portion of Wray Road is now open as well.

Earlier reports indicated that one of the derailed cars had been used to carry hazardous material, but CSX spokesmen Gary Sease said that particular car was empty and posed no immediate threat to the public.

Two crew members on board the Waycross bound train were not injured.

An investigation is currently underway to determine what caused the derailment. We're told the majority of the 85 cars were merchandise carriers.

CSX Transportation is based out of Jacksonville, Florida and has operations in 23 states east of the Mississippi.

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