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Freight Train Derails in Bronx

September 18, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ A Conrail freight train pulling 125 cars derailed just south of Yankee Stadium this morning, igniting a fire and shutting down commuter rail service indefinitely.

The train, which started in Selkirk, N.Y., was almost at its destination in the south Bronx when it jumped the tracks at 4:45 a.m., Metro-North spokeswoman Donna Evans said.

No one was injured in the wreck, said Fire Department spokesman James Spollen said, but four of the train’s cars, which had been hauling garbage, toppled over.

The fire was controlled about half an hour later.

The accident forced a halt in commuter service between Grand Central Station and points north of the city. About 100,000 people use the service each morning.

A call to Conrail offices in Philadelphia was not answered.

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