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East coast train service severely disrupted

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Rail service from New York to Florida was severely disrupted Friday due to a derailed coal train near Washington, according to an Amtrak spokesman.

Various Amtrak routes between New York and Miami have been completely shut down, Amtrak's Cliff Cole told CNN.

Amtrak's heavily-utilized rail service between New York City and Boston, however, is still running, Cole noted.

"Limited alternate transportation" is available for inconvenienced passengers, Cole said.