FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 5, 2018
NEW BRITAIN—The New Britain Police Department responded to numerous calls at 10:12 p.m. on April 4,2018 in response to reports that a train was blocking several intersections.
When police officers arrived on the scene, they noticed that the train’s engine cars were on a tilt. The conductortold a responding officer that he was in the area of Price Rite on Columbus Boulevard when he felt the wheelsof the train hit the ground, leading him to pull the e-brakes to avoid the cars from tipping over. A total of threeof the four engines were derailed. No one was injured during the incident.
The train was 4,000 feet long and was estimated to contain approximately 80 cars in total that were carryinghazmat materials, including propane.
Later in the evening, an engine car was brought in from Plainville and attached to the caboose, pushing thetrain in a westerly direction, which began at 1 a.m. Prior to moving the train, police officers were stationed oneach side of the train at the intersections of Main Street, Washington Street, High Street, and the entrance tothe plaza of Price Rite to ensure pedestrian and motorist safety.
The trains were placed back on the track at approximately 10:45 a.m. on April 5. Crews from Pan Am Railwaysremained on the scene to make repairs to the tracks. The Federal Railroad Administration will conduct aninvestigation to determine the cause of the incident.
The area has been the scene of several other incidents, including a train derailment in December 2016, as wellas an incident last week during which a train carrying 80 cars got stuck and had to reverse back into Berlin.
The City of New Britain has sent a letter to Pan Am requesting action be taken to ensure safety to thecommunity and wellbeing of surrounding businesses.
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