Rail cars plucked from Wabash, repairs begin after derailment on downtown bridge
Cause unknown, as Norfolk Southern investigates. Federal rules keep bridge maintenance, inspection records under wraps
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Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after four Norfolk Southern rail cars carrying slag from steel production derailed on a downtown Lafayette bridge and fell into the Wabash River, crews were lining up and fitting railroad ties to fix the tracks.
What caused the derailment was still be investigated Thursday, Connor Spielmaker, a Norfolk Southern spokesman, said. He said Norfolk Southern’s findings would be sent to the Federal Railroad Administration for review and eventual release.
Warren Flatau, a Federal Railroad Administration spokesman, said the federal agency likely would post an accident investigation report within six months. He said the agency would not release preliminary findings, including possible causes.
What was known, as of Thursday:
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