Train service back to normal at bridge where four train cars fell into river, CSX says

The Baltimore Sun

Days after six train cars derailed on a bridge over the Susquehanna River amid a wind storm, train service is back to normal, according to a Tuesday statement from CSX.

Four of the train cars fell into the river, and two others were overturned on the bridge. The train cars on the bridge had been moved and the tracks were repaired Sunday morning, according to a CSX spokesperson.

As of Tuesday afternoon, two cars were still in the river. The other two had been removed by Saturday afternoon.

“This removal process requires close coordination between multiple agencies and will continue to progress as weather permits,” the Tuesday statement from CSX said.

The freight train headed to Richmond, Va., derailed between Cecil and Harford counties at about 8 p.m. Friday, CSX officials said in a statement. No injuries were reported, no hazardous materials were involved and there appears to be no environmental impact, officials said.

Jay Apperson, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said a state crew was on the scene for about 15 hours to determine whether there was any risk to environment. Three of the cars were empty and one had some fertilizer residue in it, he said. Apperson said investigators “determined no environmental impact.”

The empty rail cars derailed because of “extreme wind gusts,” according to Tuesday’s CSX statement. Officials had previously said they could not say whether Friday’s strong winds caused the cars to come off the tracks.

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