Heavy machinery pushes gravel along a blown out section of track in East Barnet. Other crews work to shore up the bank of the rail line which parallels the Passumpsic River. This section of the track failed Monday night, causing the freight train to derail.
"The tail four cars derailed. We got three over the bank and one still on top," said Shane Filskov of the Vermont Rail System.
The Washington County Railroad train was headed south from Newport, its cars loaded with corn. No one was injured during the accident. Angie Nelson was watching TV in her nearby apartment as first responders raced to the scene.
"There was a fire truck in the back of our yard in the field over there, and then there was another fire truck that went zooming down past and we were like, what the heck is going on? We all came out and looked around and were like, we don't smell any smoke, we don't see any fire," Nelson said.
At this time, crews are still working to figure out why the tracks gave way. Getting the line back up and running was the priority Tuesday afternoon.
"The cause is still under investigation; it will take some time for us to figure it out," Filskov said.
The cars rest partially submerged just south of the Comerford Dam. It's the same section of river that recently claimed the life of a boater. Throughout the day Tuesday, interested bystanders stopped by to check out the scene.
Reporter Adam Sullivan: You don't get this too often around here do you?
Angie Nelson: No, a little out in the boonies.
Train officials are currently developing a game plan to get the three cars out of the river and up the bank. However, they say that process could take several days.
Repairs to the bank and tracks are expected to be completed Tuesday evening. Railway officials say that will allow them to begin off-loading the corn over the next few days in preparation for removing the cars from the river.
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