Tracks are reopened after bridge fire between Harpers Ferry and Maryland

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CSX train crews worked through the night to repair the bridge between Harpers Ferry and Maryland June 25.

Train traffic was halted June 24 due to a fire on the bridge connecting Maryland and West Virginia.

The Washington County Division of Emergency Services report receiving the call around 3:35 p.m. June 24.

Crews arrived on the scene less than 10 minutes later and reported that a rather large fire appeared to be spreading rapidly in the middle of the bridge.

Additional fire fighting support was called in from Jefferson, and Frederick Counties.

Two boats were also utilized as a safety measure for those working the fire on the elevated bridge structure.

Despite crews reporting that the fire was under control by 5:30 Amtrak still cancelled eastbound and westbound travel on the tracks at approximately 5:55 p.m.

A total of 68 firefighters from Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia worked the fire and were released from the scene by 8 in the evening.

CSX train officials arrived on the scene assessing the extent of the damage.

Washington County Maryland Emergency Services Director R. David Hayes confirmed that the bridge sustained significant damage according to the Harald Mail Media.

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Train derailment in Morgan County; no injuries or chemicals reported

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Morgan County West Virginia 911 operators received a call at 4:30 pm on Monday from CSX Advising to notify the authorities of a train derailment in the area of Low Line and Magnolia Road.

Numerous law enforcement, EMTs, Fire and Rescue, and Hazardous Materials teams were dispatched to the site.

Upon arrival at the scene, a perimeter was established for safety reasons, but no evacuation was requested.

Hazardous materials teams and CSX worked together to evaluate the area and determined that CSX would handle the cleanup of the incident.

All local first responders cleared the scene by 7:52 pm.

Preliminary investigations found that the derailed train included three empty cars, one car of dry cement, one car of calcium chloride, and four cars of sodium hydroxide.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

There were no injuries to the train crew and CSX thanked local authorities for their swift response.

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