Tracks reopen where oil train derailed in southern West Virginia; cause remains undetermined

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MOUNT CARBON, West Virginia — A rail line has reopened in southern West Virginia where an oil train derailed earlier this month.

A statement from multiple agencies responding to the fiery derailment said crews restored the tracks and reopened the line for commerce Thursday afternoon. Cleanup activities continue at the site in Mount Carbon.

Investigators have not determined what caused 27 of the CSX train's 109 cars to go off the tracks during a Feb. 16 snowstorm.

The overturned cars have been moved to a rail yard. The statement says about 172,000 gallons of crude oil recovered from the tank cars were expected to be transferred starting Thursday to other tank cars for transport elsewhere.

And about 97,000 gallons of an oil-water mix have been recovered from containment trenches near the Kanawha River.

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