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13 empty cars derail on Pittsburgh freight train

Written by The Associated Press | May 14, 2015 12:11 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Thirteen cars that derailed on a Pittsburgh freight train were empty. 

No one was injured.

Guy Costa, the city's director of operations, says the 13 cars derailed shortly after 10:00  a.m. today.

He says the entire train, not just the derailed hopper cars, was empty.

John Poister, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection confirmed the information and says nobody was hurt. 

Allegheny Valley Railroad officials confirmed the train is theirs, but declined additional comment.

The company's website shows the railroad operates 77 miles of track in Pittsburgh and its suburbs, and connects with lines run by four other freight railroads. 

The cars tipped over in the city's Hazelwood section, not far from the Hot Metal Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River a couple of miles east of downtown.


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