Tracks repaired at the scene of Aberdeen train derailment

Aberdeen train derailment

Puget Sound and Pacific crews completed repairs overnight to the tracks at the site of a train derailment in Aberdeen. The good weather should give them time to install new pavement over the intersection at South Washington street today.

Gary Nelson, Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor said in a press release yesterday that PS&P will be investigating the incident to fully understand how and why the derailment occurred early Tuesday morning.

Nelson warned that “should crude by rail opponents attempt to relate this incident to crude transport Joel Haka, Western Region VP, reports that crude transport will induce major upgrades to the PSAP and the use of trucks to inspect the rails would preclude all oil train movements.”

Nelson said in a statement Tuesday that “The railroad plays a critical role in the economic development and job creation in our community but that commitment comes second to safety. Consequently the derailment has become the primary focus of the PSAP and Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) Western Region leadership as they begin repairing and investigating the incident. The Port is confident that the railroad will be proactive in their approach to investigating the incident to fully understand how and why the derailment occurred. From that point they will review and change operating procedures to prevent similar incidents in the future. Lest the community try to correlate this incident with crude transport Joel Haka, Western Region VP, reports that crude transport will induce major upgrades to the PSAP and the use of high railing (trucks used for inspecting the track) will preclude all oil train movements over the PSAP.”

Nelson added “It is unfortunate when these events occur but the relatively low train speeds on the PSAP helped to minimize the impacted railcars to one or two. The G&W commitment to safety pays off in these situations as they demonstrate firsthand their ability to respond quickly and efficiently to minimize damage and delays to the community. With a common goal to create jobs and commerce by safely moving goods to global markets, the Port is proud to have a partner like the PSAP that is committed to safety while at the same time working to create jobs in our community.”
Aberdeen train derailment