Tuesday's train derailment in Ruffin caused another company to reroute a commuter train around the town instead of making its early morning commute at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Amtrak travels through Ruffin every morning.However, removing the derailed Norfolk Southern train took longer than expected. Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman said workers didn't finish clearing the track until 3 a.m.
Amtrak spokesman Craig Shultz said the No. 19 commuter train needing to pass through Ruffin traveled from N.Y. to New Orleans.
The alternative route delayed the train an hour and 43 minutes.
Shultz said the train company provided alternate transportation for people needing service between the District of Columbia and Greensboro.
Shultz said the track through Ruffin is accessible again and the No. 20 train going the opposite direction did not need to reroute.
The incident began before 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 when a Norfolk Southern train carrying 95 cars travelled through Ruffin.
Near Ruffin Road and Lick Fork Creek Road 13 train cars came off the train track, one car landing on its side.
Chapman said the overturned car carried paper. He didn't know the contents of the rest of the train cars but cars carrying plywood, a tanker and box cars lined the track.
Chapman said the derailed cars didn't contain any hazardous materials.
Chapman didn't know the cause of the derailment or how much damage it caused to the company's train cars.
Chapman said the incident remains under investigation and expects it to take several months to make a determination on the cause.
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