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A COCKTAIL of dangerous chemicals was among the freight on a train which derailed in the Adelaide Hill
The chemicals included calcium hypochlorite, hydrocarbons and acetone. Australian Rail Track Corporation moved to reassure the public last night that they were never at risk from the freight.
An ARTC spokeswoman said the chemicals were in a section of the train not directly involved in the derailment and plans were in place to cope with any spill that did occur.
ARTC workers were at Glenalta, the site of the derailment, while cranes pulled the wreckage from the track yesterday.
It was expected the salvage operation would be completed this morning. Work would then begin on restoring the 4km of track damaged by the derailment.
ARTC Operations and Customer Service general manager Denise McMillan-Hall said it was hoped the track would reopen by Wednesday but speed restrictions were likely to remain in place indefinitely.
"The priority is to get the track open and get some traffic moving through," she said.
Up to 12 freight trains used the line daily and while the track remained closed, operators could lose up to $500,000 a day.
Sunday's derailment disrupted commuter train services, with buses used to take commuters from Belair, Pinera and Glenalta to Blackwood. Transport Minister Trish White said there would be an independent investigation into the derailment.
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