Crews working to get derailed train cars back on tracks in Bristol

Published on Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:23


BRISTOL - Crews late Thursday were working to get a third train car back onto the tracks after six of them derailed early Wednesday.

Crews could also be seen putting new tracks down Thursday in the area of the derailment. Deputy Fire Chief John Ziogas said he expects it will likely take a total of three to five days to get the six train cars back upright and onto the tracks before they can be taken away.

No injuries were reported when six cars of a seven-car Pan Am Railways freight train toppled over around 6 a.m. Wednesday in the area of the overpass on Mellen Street. The cars tipped over and settled in the area of Hooker Court.

Mellen Street was initially closed Wednesday before re-opening later in the morning. It was closed again Thursday morning while crews were doing work on the train overpass.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated by Pan Am officials.

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday the agency had not launched an investigation into the derailment but was gathering information. The spokesman said the NTSB would announce on its Twitter account whether it gets involved. That had not happened as of late Thursday afternoon.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:23. Updated: Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:25.