BRONX, NY – A trash train derailed in the Bronx, NY on Thursday, July 18, 2013 and tied up commuter rail travel on the Metro-North Hudson line through the weekend. The Bronx is a borough of New York City, NY located north of Manhattan and across the Hudson River from New Jersey.
The derailment occurred around 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening between the Spuyen Duyvil and Marble Hill rail stations in a particularly hard to reach area accessible only from the north and from the south, but not from the side.
Ten cars hauling compacted trash from New York City jumped the tracks, spilling garbage and causing extensive damage to about 1500 feet of track.
Crews had to work long hours in hot weather with cranes and heavy equipment to clear the area and make repairs.
The derailment shut down the Hudson Line passenger rail service between Yonkers and Grand Central Terminal.
The cause of the derailment is not known at this time, but remains under investigation.
Blog post by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and New York railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.