BALTIMORE (AP) Crews worked to pull the last smoldering boxcars from a downtown tunnel Sunday, days after a train derailment and fire shut down parts of the city and disrupted Internet service.
Above the 11/2-mile-long tunnel, a broken 40-inch water main continued gushing onto downtown streets and public works officials said damage to the street and the tunnel could be significant.
City crews said the leak which has spewed at least 60,000 gallons of water cannot be stopped until the fire is extinguished and the tunnel walls certified safe.
The water main break was just feet above the 106-year-old tunnel, Department of Public Works Director George Winfield said Sunday.
Meantime, a storm drain that collapsed after the 60-car CSX train derailed inside the tunnel Wednesday may undermine the citys light rail system, which was partly closed pending a full inspection, officials said.
Its possible there are more storm drains collapsed, Winfield said.
Two cars remained in the tunnel Sunday evening. Firefighters planned to extinguish the fires in their cargoes after the cars are pulled from the tunnel.
The cars that derailed included a tanker that ruptured and spilled at least 5,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid. Other cars carried additional hazardous chemicals.
The smoky blaze closed several downtown city blocks, blocked highways and burned fiber optic cables that carry Internet service.
No serious injuries were reported. The total cost of the damage has yet to be calculated.
The Baltimore Orioles were forced to postpone three games at Camden Yards, which is just a few hundred yards from the tunnel. The team returned to the field Saturday night to play the Anaheim Angels.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the trains maintenance history and employee records will be reviewed to try to determine the cause.
Inspectors also will investigate reports of a one-hour delay between the derailment and the call to firefighters.
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