Hoosac Tunnel experiences partial wall collapse, rerouting traffic

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A partial wall collapse in the Hoosac Tunnel is forcing detours of Pan Am Railways traffic around the bore in western Massachusetts, Pan Am partner Norfolk Southern is advising customers. All trains operating between Mechanicville, N.Y., and Ayer, Mass., are affected.

The NS advisory says Pan Am’s engineering department is currently evaluating the situation and NS will provide updates as they become available. Customers should expect traffic delays of at least 48 hours.

The 4.75-mile, single-track tunnel dates to 1875, when it opened following 24 years of construction.

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