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No Spill When Three Train Cars Derail In Englewood

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ENGLEWOOD — Three freight cars carrying grapeseed oil and moving "slower than you could walk," according to one responder, came off an aging stretch of track in Englewood this morning.

"They came off the tracks and remained upright," Englewood Fire Lt. Fire Lt. David Haenelt told Daily Voice. "The track themselves pulled up and rolled on their sides.

"No injuries, no spill -- more a headache for CSX than anything," Haenelt said.

Because it's the only train remaining on the CSX Northern Branch line, it wasn't moving very fast -- "a few miles an hour at most," the lieutenant said -- and didn't hold up any others.

A crew was working a short distance away when the derailment occurred north of the East Forest crossing just before noon.

The cars were delivering oil to an Englewood customer, CSX spokesman Rob Dolittle said.

Traffic was briefly halted later when there was trouble getting the gates up but otherwise wasn't affected, authorities said.

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