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Coal train derails at Quantico


4:25 p.m. Update

Virginia Railway Express officials are using buses to get people home after a coal train derailed at Quantico.

Trains are being stopped at the Franconia-Springfield station, and passengers are being unloaded and moved onto buses, said VRE spokesman Mark Roeber.

“We have VRE employees at the station who will help passengers find their buses,” said Roeber. “Right now we are trying to pull all of the busses that we can to come and take passengers home.”

VRE’s Metro option has been opened, where VRE riders can show a valid ticket to board Metro trains to get home.

Roeber urged anyone who was considering using the Fredericksburg line to get home this afternoon to use a different form of transportation.  

The derailment has not affected VRE Manassas line.

There have been no injuries reported in the derailment.

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Quantico, Va. – Virginia Railway Express officials say a coal train has derailed near the Quantico station.

Both train tracks that traverse Quantico Marine Base are closed right now.

It’s not clear right now how serious the derailment is, if there are any injuries and how it will affect the evening commute.

VRE officials in a statement to its riders urged anyone considering riding a Fredericksburg line VRE train this afternoon should make other transportation arrangements.

Service on VRE’s Manassas line has not been affected, officials say. 

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