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BNSF reopens train tracks west of Spokane after derailment

Wed., June 2, 2010, 3:24 p.m.

EDWALL, Wash. — The main railroad between Seattle and Spokane is back open, following a derailment.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train jackknifed on a side rail line early Wednesday, blocking the main tracks.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says the tracks were reopened at 2:20 p.m.

Melonas says 17 empty cars derailed at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday as the train bound for Seattle was pulling out of a siding at Edwall. There were no injuries. The cars remained upright. Nothing hazardous spilled.

About three dozen people and equipment from Pasco worked to re-rail the cars, and crews are expected to continue working through the week to repair about 1,000 feet of the side tracks.

On of the rail cars landed on SR 231, blocking the road. The DOT says the road will remain closed until Friday night for repairs. A detour has been established.

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