January derailment caused by shifting rail

Posted: March 01, 2014

CSX Corp. says the Jan. 20 derailment of a crude-oil train on a Schuylkill bridge was caused by a rail that shifted because it had been improperly secured by workers who had earlier done maintenance on the line.

The crew, which was replacing timber cross ties on the tracks, had not followed CSX protocols when they temporarily secured the rail to the ties, said Melanie Cost, a company spokeswoman.

Seven rail cars, including six tankers containing crude oil, left the tracks. There were no leaks and no structural damage to the Schuylkill Arsenal bridge, CSX said.

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