Final Rail Car Removed From Paulsboro Derailment Site
The final rail car has been removed from the Paulsboro train derailment site.
“The Unified Command is extremely pleased with the progress made today. All cars have now been safely removed from the incident site. The three cars on the barges will be re-railed as conditions are deemed safe,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the Coast Guard incident commander.
She says the focus now turns to the final repairs and inspection of the bridge and its return to normal operations.
Train service should be restored within the next two days.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is the final authority for the safety of the bridge for train movement. Before any trains run, the FRA will inspect the track and the locking mechanism and determine that they meet the regulatory requirements for the resumption of train operations. Northbound and southbound locomotives will then cross the bridge at reduced speed.
Following the successful completion of this process, the bridge will be put back in service. Inspectors will visually monitor bridge operations for 24 hours as trains travel across the bridge. The maximum speed on the bridge will remain 10 m.p.h. or less.