Bad Maintenance Caused Derailment, CSX Says

Schuylkill River bridge accident raised concerns about oil shipments.

NewsWorks reports: “CSX Corp. says it has determined what caused a train carrying crude oil to derail on a bridge over a river in Philadelphia. WPVI-TV reported Thursday that a CSX investigation determined a maintenance crew replacing crossties didn’t follow procedures and failed to properly anchor temporary fasteners to the ties. The train derailed Jan. 20 on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.”

The derailment raised concerns about oil shipments by rail in Philadelphia, particularly in light of federal warnings and accidents elsewhere.  A City Council committee will hold a hearing next week about CSX infrastructure in the city in light of January’s accident.