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Derailment Cleanup Still Underway

Last updated on Thursday, January 17, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS ) - Officials say they are making slow, but steady progress in the clean-up effort of the train derailment on Indianapolis’ Westside.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management continues to work with railroad company CSX, the Marion County Health Department, and emergency management at the site. Officials say the clean-up is moving according to schedule.

IDEM's Barry Sneed says crews will work over the next couple of days to remove the crushed rail cars by Friday, but the crossing will remain closed for about another week or more. The library is now open and pedestrians are getting assistance to and from the library building.

Environment officials have removed as much of the contaminated soil as they can reach and are waiting for the remaining cars to be removed to continue their work.

The Marion County Health Department and a subcontractor for CSX have both taken groundwater samples for the 25-30 homes in the area with wells. Tests results are due back next week.

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