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CSX is citing a failed wheel bearing on a rail car as the cause of last week's train derailment that sparked a chemical fire near Livingston, Kentucky, the Class I announced this week.
CSX teams on Nov. 25 completed the removal of all 16 rail cars involved in the derailment. In close coordination with local authorities and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CSX cleaned up and restored the incident site, company officials said in a press release.
On Nov. 26, crews removed all of the released product and approximately 2,500 tons of impacted soil and replaced it with clean material, CSX officials said. CSX engineering teams repaired the tracks to restore service on that day.
The train derailed around 2:30 p.m. local time on Nov. 22, resulting in the evacuation of a nearby town. Two of the 16 cars that derailed carried carried molten sulfur, which caught fire after the cars were breached. No other hazardous materials were released, according to reports by ABC News and The Associated Press.