Housatonic Railroad cleans up second train derailment in a month

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SHEFFIELD -- The Housatonic Railroad is cleaning up its second train derailment in a month's time, the latest near the crossing at Lime Kiln Road in Sheffield.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to nearby private property.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, local authorities were notified that six railroad cars of a 35-car train had jumped the tracks and toppled over just north of the crossing. One car was empty, four were hauling construction debris and one carried limestone, according to Housatonic spokesman Colin Pease.

Pease said the construction material and stone strewn along the crash scene was being removed on Tuesday.

The accident was caused by a broken rail, Pease said. Housatonic Railroad will need to repair a section of the track.

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Sheffield police officer Jacob Gonska noted Lime Kiln Road at the crossing was closed for six hours until 7:30 a.m. so railroad workers could safely remove the rest of the train, which was traveling north at the time of the accident.

Tuesday's derailment follows a similar crash on March 15 at a closed paper manufacturing plant in Lee.

Housatonic Railroad spent several days clearing debris and four derailed cars just south of the overpass entrance to the former Columbia Mill, located along the Housatonic River on Columbia Street.

No one was hurt and what caused that derailment remains under investigation.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.


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