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BART derailment: Out-of-service train off tracks, massive crane moves railcars

BART train accident, train car derails off track
BART train accident, train car derails off track
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A BART derailment that occurred when a now out-of-service train went off the tracks this week required a massive crane to move the displaced railcars so regular transit might begin again as soon as possible. BART officials released a statement early this weekend that they hope to restore normal train services as early as Sunday morning to no less than three Contra Costa County stations that were affected by the unexpected derailing. SF Gate shares this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, that the incident is the most recent in a series of problems facing the Bay Area transit system and its many commuters lately.

Starting early Saturday morning after Friday night’s BART derailment, a number of experienced contractors and BART workers began to assess and fix the situation. In order to first move the out-of-service train from the adjacent tracks, a massive crane was used to lift a total of four derailed railcars. Numerous photos were taken of the imposing scene near Concord Station, where the crane could clearly be seen hoisting up the huge hunks of metal.

Hours later, it was almost 12 p.m. in the afternoon by the time all four of the BART train cars were successfully lifted and set safely on a truck for immediate transportation to the local Concord train yard. Once there, any damage caused by the BART derailment could be evaluated and repaired, continues the report. The defunct railcars might also be moved to nearby Hayward yard for further inspection, if necessary.

Once the railcars and debris were removed from the area, BART crews had the chance to survey any damage that might have been caused from the accident off the tracks and to verify if any wreckage was left behind. Once again taking advantage of the massive crane on hand, teams lifted pieces of bent rail that had been twisted when the train derailed. A BART spokesperson said that officials hoped all work on the rail tracks would be completed by 8 a.m. this Sunday morning, which would provide more than enough time to prepare for their usual Monday morning commute in the Contra Costa County area.

"BART understands how important this line and these stations are to commuters," announced spokesperson James Allison this weekend after the BART derailment. "We fully understand the implications of not having service here on Monday morning."

Unfortunately, the transportation line that passes through Concord stands as the very busiest in the region’s BART system. The line is also a key mover to most people’s Bay Area commute because there are few other simple and cost-affordable ways for people to take public transit into San Francisco when coming from the Contra Costa County area.

No doubt that commuters and BART officials alike hope that this out-of-service train derailment will stand as the last problem the transit line has to deal with for quite some time to come.

Another train derailment also hit headlines this week after a Pan Am train in Mass. teetered dangerously close to the edge of an overpass bridge and town's major water supply.

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