Fitchburg Commuter Rail experiencing delays after train full of trash derails in Ayer
AYER – The Fitchburg Line of the commuter rail is experiencing delays this morning as crews recover the rail cars of a freight train that derailed near Sculley Road yesterday.
“Fitchburg Line trains may experience delays up to 20 minutes in both directions between Ayer and Wachusett as crews continue to re-rail a freight train from yesterday’s derailment on CSX territory,” said a notice on MBTA.com at approximately 9 a.m.
Five cars of the train – which were carrying trash and recyclables – derailed at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
The train is owned and operated by CSX Corporation, a rail transportation company. The Ayer Fire Department said in a Facebook post that the freight train was not carrying any hazardous material.
“Railroad personnel on scene confirmed that the cars are sealed and are carrying trash/recycling material. Containment booms were deployed to the waterway near the derailment as a precaution,” said the Ayer Fire Department in a Facebook post.
Following the accident, CSX, National Grid and Ayer’s Department of Public Works were called to the scene.
As of approximately 8:24 a.m. this morning, CSX and a private contractor were still on Sculley Road working to recover the rail cars and containers involved in yesterday’s derailment.
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