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Derailment cleanup expected to last until end of next week

WYOMISSING, Pa. - For some, the ongoing cleanup, after six cars from a Norfolk Southern train derailed Tuesday night in Wyomissing, continues to serve as a form of entertainment.

"This is her spring break, so she's not really with us, but me and Noah actually come out and watch the trains," said Karen Stevenson, as she looked out at the mess.

For one Sinking Spring man, who brought along his grandson, it's educational.

"He's in seventh grade and he likes machinery and stuff, so I figured there would be a lot of bulldozers and cranes moving stuff around," said Craig Sagenuehl.

But for dozens of Norfolk Southern workers, one young onlooker named Claire, summed it up best.

"Kinda yucky and kinda not cute and kinda stinky," she said.

Along with the less-than-wonderful working conditions, crews are currently concerned about the weather.

"Yeah, I talked to Norfolk Southern's person this morning about the weather and things, and he said they're going to try to get as much of this cleaned up, obviously, as they can," said Thomas Bausher, emergency management coordinator for the West Side Regional Emergency Management Agency, "but it probably will extend out another day or two."

Crews are also establishing contingency plans to keep the trash, which was heading to a landfill in Ohio, covered.

"It's quite involved with the rain, and he told me that his plan, at the moment, is to try to tarp some of it and to keep the water off the trash and obviously runoff," Bausher said.

A Norfolk Southern representative told 69 News that cleanup is expected to last until the end of next week, dependent upon weather and unforeseen circumstances.


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