by Lisa Tome
Seven months after tanker cars fell from the railroad into the Susquehanna River, officials in Perryville said the railroad has taken action.
"CSX has procedures for high wind events. Yes, there are new procedures, and hopefully, there will be no events in the future," said Perryville town administrator Denise Breder. She explained that the railroad won't stop train traffic in high winds but have now imposed restrictions. "We're happy with the procedures. We're happy they looked at it and realized a weather event caused the derailment. They have procedures in place to prevent it," said Breder
CSX also paid the town $37,000. That will cover the damaged parking lot, loss of use of the parks, and for other expenses incurred by the town due to the derailment.
All of this occurred on Friday, March 2. On that date, imposed wind restrictions on both the Hatem and Tydings bridges over the Susquehanna River tied up local traffic for hours, stranding motorists on main thoroughfares and back roads. Tanker cars from the Amtrak Bridge over the Susquehanna fell into the river on Friday night. Two of the rail cars blew into the water. Two others tipped over on the tracks.