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With fire out, focus now on Ohio train crash cause

With fire extinguished, focus shifts to cause of train derailment, explosion in central Ohio By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A rail company says the fire from a train derailment and explosion in Columbus, Ohio, is now out, and it has started clearing the site.

Part of the train derailed early Wednesday on Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks north of downtown, and three tank cars carrying ethanol exploded. Authorities decided to let them burn for a while and then sprayed a chemical foam to prevent the blaze from re-igniting.

Norfolk Southern says the smoldering fire extinguished early Thursday morning. The company has begun moving cars away from the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the crash.

Investigators say the train was traveling below the recommended speed, and its operators noticed no problems with the track as they approached the curve where the crash happened.

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