Rail Operations to be Partially Restored Thursday
Train derailment temporarily closed Pier B tracks
October 19, 2011
Rail operations near Pier B are expected to be partially restored Thursday, October 20 following a train derailment on Wednesday, October 19 that temporarily halted rail access to several Port shipping facilities.
At about noon on Wednesday, seven Union Pacific train cars transporting coal at the Port derailed in the Pier B area, near Pier B street and Edison Avenue, north of the Toyota auto shipping facility. Two of the coal cars jackknifed across all three of the tracks, causing five other cars to derail.
The accident temporarily blocked a major access route for trains at the Port. Trains pass through the Pier B area to access piers D, E, F, G and J. Rail access remained open at piers A and T.
There were no injuries as a result of the accident, and all Port streets remain open to traffic. No coal appears to have spilled as a result of the accident.
At least one track is expected to be cleared and repaired early Thursday morning. Port crews will continue to make the necessary repairs to the other two tracks in an effort to resume full rail operations as soon as possible.