Maintenance crew at fault for January train derailment

Posted: February 28, 2014

A FREIGHT TRAIN carrying crude oil derailed on a Grays Ferry bridge last month because a maintenance crew didn't follow protocols, the rail line's operator reported yesterday.

CSX, according to a statement, told the Federal Railroad Administration that the Jan. 20 derailment over the Schuylkill occurred during a maintenance upgrade. The crew, according to CSX, finished the upgrade without "following CSX engineering protocols."

The crew did not replace temporary fasteners on the railroad ties with permanent ties, CSX said.

No liquids leaked from the derailed cars and no one was injured. The Federal Railroad Administration will review the findings and the bridge will be reinspected this year.


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