Crews are working to clean up Monday’s train derailment between Ulster and North Towanda with hopes of determining the derailment’s cause.
The train, owned and operated by Lehigh Railway, derailed at about 11:56 a.m. Monday according to Lehigh Railway Designated Employee Representative Tom Clark.
“It’s probably going to take a week to get cleared up and figure out what happened,” Clark said.
No one was injured in the accident and no hazardous materials were spilled as the cars were carrying sand used for fracking, which spilled during the accident.
Bradford County Director of Public Safety Robert Barnes said one of the cars rolled into a farmer’s field.
Clark went on to say there are typically three causes for derailments: engineer error, train car malfunctions, or track problems.
“We’re ruled out engineer error in this case,” he said.
The spilled sand is keeping the company from determining the cause, Clark said.
Seven cars derailed while heading south, and Clark said the train was traveling 9 miles per hour according to the onboard GPS, so a load shift, which often happens at higher speeds, is highly unlikely as the cause.
Clark said the incident occurred right near a track switch and said that could have been a factor.
Clark said when switches don’t fully switch, wheels can head down the incorrect set of tracks and cause derailments.
While Clark said he expects service to return by Friday, customers who typically receive these shipments have enough material to last until trains can run again.
“We’re working fast to clear it up so we can get cars moving again,” he said.
Traffic was affected slightly Tuesday morning when heavy equipment was being taken to the site of the derailment according to Barnes.
“They’ve got some work to do,” Barnes said.
This article was written by Max Bennett from The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.