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Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said plans have changed for removing rail cars and containers from a derailed freight train.
Cranes brought to lift the cars back onto the track could not get purchase, so crews now plan to drag the cars down the hillside. Bulldozers are on the scene near Station Square. They will clear the slope of trees and brush to make way for the cars and shipping containers. The crews are planning to do the work Monday evening.
The slow process started earlier after Sunday’s train derailment in the South Side, a situation that’s been challenging for workers assessing the site and commuters starting their work weeks.
Port Authority’s CEO said the agency would help remedy any inconvenience to its riders by making its light-rail service free Monday. The Allentown spur was reopened as of 2 p.m.
Motorists and people traveling from the South Hills via public transit Monday morning found that their normal commute was disrupted by road closures and a light-rail transit system crippled after the freight train carrying double-stacked cargo trailers along the Norfolk Southern main line went off the rails above East Carson Street and a Port Authority T station near Station Square on Sunday afternoon.
As a result of the derailment, Arlington Avenue, parts of East Carson Street near Station Square, the Smithfield Street Bridge and both inclines have been closed to traffic. The Port Authority had hoped to keep the light-rail line in Allentown open, but had to temporarily stop it due to “safety issues” that were resolved by early Monday afternoon. Inbound passengers Monday morning had to disembark at South Hills Junction and hop on shuttles to Downtown.
This article first appeared on www.post-gazette.com
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