January 2, 2014 / 3:42 PM / in 4 years

BNSF Railway says tracks affected by train crash reopen

HOUSTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - BNSF Railway Co said on Thursday that two mainline tracks affected when a crude train hit a derailed grain train on earlier in the week reopened early Thursday.

The company said in an advisory to customers that one track reopened at 3 a.m. (0900 GMT) and the other at 3:15 a.m. CST (0915 GMT) on Thursday. BNSF said customers might experience delays of up to 24 to 36 hours on shipments through that corridor.

A 106-car eastbound BNSF train carrying crude oil crashed into a derailed westbound BNSF grain train on Monday, setting off explosions and a fire that burned for more than 24 hours. No injuries were reported. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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