Train Derailment To Delay Delivery of New Vehicles in Massachusetts

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 08:02 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Train derailment specialists in Massachusetts cleared four overturned cars from a railroad between Providence and Worcester Thursday after a freight train carrying new Ford and Subaru vehicles tipped over at approximately 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The four overturned cars were upright and in the process of being moved off the tracks by 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.

No one was injured in the derailment and the cause has yet to be determined.

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"We still have crews on scene investigating the derailment. However, no preliminary cause has been determined," Charles Rennick, a spokesman for R.J. Corman Derailment Services company, told reporters on Thursday.

The train was comprised of three locomotives and 54 cars, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.

According to Gardner, Mass., Fire Chief Ronald Therrien, the four derailed cars were dragged about a quarter of a mile before the train was able to stop. Therrien added that considering how long the train was, the conductor would not have been able to see the overturned cars until they separated from the main train and an air gas gauge indicator was triggered.

The train was reportedly travelling at 10 mph when the derailment occurred and caused little damage to the track.

One for the four derailed cars nearly hit a nearby barn, however was apparently stopped in its tracks by a pair of trees.

Hours later a second train derailment occurred about 35 miles away in the town of Westford, Mass., where 14 Pan Am Railways freight cars went off the track at about 7 a.m. Thursday morning, the Boston Globe reported.

There were no injuries reported in the second derailment, which involved a 63-car freight train carrying various supplies, including lumber and paper, according to Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president of Pan Am Railways Inc.

"We were pretty lucky," Scarano told the Boston Globe. "They all landed upright. No merchandise spilled."

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