published Monday, November 18th, 2013

Alabama rail line reopens after derailment, oil spill

ALICEVILLE, Ala. — A railroad company says it has reopened a west Alabama line following the derailment 10 days ago of a train carry crude oil.

The Connecticut-based Genesee & Wyoming says the first train to pass the site since the accident got through Sunday night.

A train composed of 90 tank cars carrying crude oil derailed near Aliceville on Nov. 8, catching fire and spilling crude oil into surrounding wetland areas.

The company says more than two dozen cars derailed and each was loaded with about 30,000 gallons of oil. But the railroad still hasn't said how much oil leaked.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management says it doesn't know how much crude escaped, but aerial photos of the scene showed large areas where oil appeared to have polluted water.

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