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Train Derailment Caused By Shift In Track Structure

Last updated on Monday, November 21, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON) - A scientific firm hired to investigate the cause of a July 11 train derailment has found that the accident “was likely caused by a shift in the track structure beneath the train, but the cause of the track movement is inconclusive.”

Indiana Rail Road spokesman Chris Rund noted that this is where railroad tracks cross Garrison Chapel Road.

According to Rund, heat may have played a part, but the ambient temperatures recorded at Monroe County Airport were below the threshold where trains would be required to reduce speed.

The track recently had been inspected according to Federal Railroad Administration requirements and was found to be in good order. The train data recorder showed the coal train was traveling at a safe speed and the engineer had been operating within the parameters of acceptable train handling.

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