Primary Recovery Efforts Completed in East Jefferson Street Bridge Train Derailment

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
Paulsboro – The Unified Command announced Monday that three rail cars were successfully transferred from barges, re-railed and transported away from the site.

This activity concludes primary recovery operations at the East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment incident site in Paulsboro.

“I am truly thankful for the efforts of the nearly 250 professionals who contributed their expertise, commitment and hard work to this operation,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the Coast Guard incident commander. “They have worked around the clock since Nov. 30 to help ensure the safety of Paulsboro residents and get these rail cars out of the water.”

On Sunday, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) inspected the track and the bridge locking mechanism and determined they met the regulatory requirements for the resumption of train operations and the bridge was put back in rail service. Inspectors visually monitored bridge operations overnight as trains traveled across the bridge. The maximum speed on the bridge remains 10 mph or less.

On Monday morning, a train curfew was put in place to allow for the safe removal and re-railing of the three rail cars that were lifted from the water and placed on barges. The re-railing of these cars is now complete, the train curfew has been lifted and normal train operations have resumed. Crews are removing any remaining debris resulting from the accident from the Mantua Creek.

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