Feds will investigate three train derailments in Grays Harbor County
Q13 Fox reports
Feds investigating string of train derailments in Grays Harbor County
“We will not move another train until this rail is safe,” said Haka.
Some neighbors worry about sabotage, perhaps an attempt to derail plans to transport crude oil on trains.
“Social media is blowing up with that,” said Katainen. “Everybody on social media is talking sabotage because of the whole oil thing.”
But police don’t think criminal activity led to the crashes, and railroad officials say the track would have to be substantially upgraded before any oil would move along these lines.
Railroad responds to recent Grays Harbor derailments
via KXRO radio
According to Michael Williams, Director of Corporate Communications for Genesee & Wyoming, he tells KXRO that “This series of minor derailments is a highly unusual, unacceptable occurrence and subject to a rigorous investigation. The first two derailments were caused by localized failure of railroad ties that were saturated with moisture from recent heavy rains. Other locations experiencing this issue have been identified and are being corrected prior to receiving another train. The cause of yesterday’s derailment is still being determined.““Safety is always our first priority, and PSAP will not run another train while we examine the recent track inspection results,” says PSAP president Joel Haka. “Any issues will be addressed prior to resuming service on the affected portion of the line.”
h/t Lyndon C.
via The Daily World
Puget Sound & Pacific railroad has promised aggressive action to find out what caused a third train to derail near Montesano yesterday. An official called the three derailments in the area within 16 days “highly unusual and unacceptable.”Failed ties were found to be the cause of the first two derailments, and the railroad has found the issue in eight to 10 other areas of the track. Trains will not run until the ties are repaired, said Michael Williams of Genesee & Wyoming, PSAP’s parent company....With the number of recent derailments, some have questioned whether foul play might have been involved given the heated debate over crude-by-rail facilities proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor. Williams said the railroad does not suspect anything of the kind.“We don’t suspect any vandalism,” he said.
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