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Ashland Railway derailment now cleared

Story By: Brad Francis

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/26/2014

Ashland Railway has finished cleaning up the mess left behind when a train car derailed two weeks ago in Mansfield.

The accident happened on tracks off Longview Avenue, near State Route 545.

Don Cleland, Managing Director for Ashland Railway, confirms that the car derailed February 12.  He says the car rolled away with several other cars attached, but was derailed by a safety device called a 'derail.'  Cleland says that device is designed to automatically derail a runaway car and prevent it from entering the main line.  And he says that's exactly what it did.

Cleland says an Ashland Railway inspector found the overturned car shortly after the accident.  But no railway employees were around when it happened.  The car was hauling a load of plastic pellets.  Crews removed those from the car last week. And Wednesday afternoon, workers used cranes to upright the overturned rail car and get it back on the tracks.  They also cleaned up debris and hauled away the damaged car.

Mike Mosley, General Manager of Ashland Railway, says a mechanical failure led to the accident.  No one was hurt when the car derailed. The derailment didn't affect railroad operations through the area since it happened on a secondary track.

   
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