High winds blamed in CSX, short line derailments

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PERRYVILLE, Md. — A southbound CSX freight train derailed Friday evening on the long bridge over the Susquehanna River, sending four empty cars into the river below. High winds associated with a late-winter storm along the eastern seaboard may have been partially responsible for the incident. The train was bound for Richmond, Va.

Local television Saturday morning showed a tank car bobbing in the river. Reports say two of the cars had been lifted from the river Saturday afternoon, and crews were working to remove the others. Two other cars that had overturned but remained on the bridge were rerailed and removed by Sunday.

The high winds Friday had prompted state highway officials to close two major highway bridges, including I-95, near the CSX bridge, and Amtrak suspended service on the parallel Northeast Corridor as well.

Earlier in the day Friday, in nearby Oxford, Pa., two carloads of pipe were overturned by a strong wind gust, also derailing the locomotive pulling the train. East Penn Railway officials said a derailment contractor was called in to rerail the equipment and repair the track. The pipe was bound for a pipeline construction project in southern Lancaster.

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