Station Road Train Derailment
On Tuesday May 31, 2011 at 2:01 PM the Amherst Emergency Dispatch Center dispatched police and fire units to a reported train derailment on Station Road. Upon arriving on scene, responding personnel found seven (7) derailed train cars at the railroad crossing on Station Road. There were no injuries nor any spills or releases of materials being transported by the train. The cars that derailed were open top “gondola” or “billet” cars and were transporting steel billets.
The railroad crossing at Station Road is completely blocked by one 65 foot long gondola car. New England Central Railroad, awaiting the arrival of specialized heavy equipment, will begin recovering the derailed cars on Wednesday morning at approximately 10:00 AM. Station Road will remain closed throughout the recovery operation. The Rail Trail will also be closed from Station Road to Southeast Street and from Station Road to Belchertown.
Also damaged in the incident was a Sprint fiber optic transmission cable. Sprint personnel already on the scene are working to repair the cable.
For further information and updates on the progress towards reopening Station Road and the Rail Trail, please continue to check the Town's website.