NTSB: Cause of Ohio train derailment sought

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Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 2:33 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — National Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun searching for clues to the train derailment that caused spectacular explosions in Ohio's capital, but a preliminary report is a month away.

NTSB board member Earl F. Weener said Wednesday night the agency has a 12-person team reviewing data from the early-morning derailment on the Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks, north of downtown. Three tank cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol exploded. Nobody aboard the train was injured.

Weener says the tankers are still burning and that they must cool down before the remaining ethanol can be removed.

Investigators are expected to be in Columbus for up to 10 days. Weener says a preliminary report will be issued in about a month but that the full investigation could take a year.

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