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Cleanup set to begin at site of Pa. train derailment; 6 cars carrying sand went off tracks


MOUNT BETHEL, Pennsylvania — Cleanup is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the site of a train derailment in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The six cars on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad train that went off the tracks Saturday were carrying clean sand that was to be used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Northampton County Emergency Management Director Bob Mateff said it was clean sand that hadn't yet been used in the fracking process.

The six cars derailed behind a popular restaurant in Upper Mount Bethel Township.

The 45-car train was on its way from Allentown to the Scranton-Carbondale area.

Delaware Lackawanna Railroad investigators are still looking into what caused the derailment.

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