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One Lane Reopens of Route 61 Near Train Derailment

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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Angie Vallier
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Authorities have partially reopened a stretch of road where an oil train derailed in southern West Virginia.

One lane of state Route 61 reopened Friday in Montgomery. It was blocked off after Monday's fiery crash in the nearby town of Mount Carbon.

About 225 people had been forced out from 100 homes along the road. It wasn't known whether the residents were being allowed back in their homes for good. A spokesman for multiple agencies responding to the crash didn't immediately return a telephone message Friday.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the derailment of the train carrying 3 million gallons of crude from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to an oil-shipping depot in Yorktown, Virginia.

Crews still must remove damaged tank cars from the scene.


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