Investigation continues into train derailment

5:56 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Work continued on Friday to upright 15 cars that derailed Thursday off a train line that passes through Mattawamkeag.

Cleanup crews continued to pump oil out of those cars before restting them on the tracks. Officials say the Maine Department of Environmental Protection say barely any oil spilled from the cars even though they were carrying thousands of gallons of fuel.

Federal Investigators are also looking into the derailment. On Thursday a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Adminstration told NEWS CENTER the train was traveling at 10 miles per hour, which is the maximum speed that freight trains can travel on class one rails. Yet in an e-mail sent Friday, that spokesman retracted the statement, and explained that investigators won't know for sure how fast the train was going until they can review the recorder box that was onboard it.

Officials say the investigation could take up to a year.


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