Alabama rail line seen shut for seven days after oil-train wreck

Reuters

Aliceville, ALABAMA (Reuters) - The Genesee & Wyoming Inc rail line in western Alabama that was shut on Friday by a major oil-train derailment is likely to reopen in about a week, a company official said.

Bill Jasper, president of the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway, told Reuters that the line's parent Genesee was working with larger railroads to help reroute traffic. Officials had not yet examined the scene as some of the 25 tank cars that derailed and exploded were likely to continue burning until Saturday.

"All the evidence we need to figure out what happened is underneath the wreckage," he said.

(Reporting by Verna Gates in Aliceville, Alabama; and Jonathan Leff in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)