Cause of Bucksport derailment under investigation

Four empty boxcars went off the rails in a switching yard near the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport March 12. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

BUCKSPORT — The cause of a derailment near the Verso Paper mill Tuesday remains under investigation.

Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president for Pan Am Railways, said four empty boxcars that were part of a 34-car train went off the rails shortly before 11 a.m. March 12.

The derailment occurred in a switching yard along the Bucksport waterfront, behind Bucksport House of Pizza.

The cars involved derailed where an access road to the Webber Dock crosses the rail line. A Bucksport police dispatcher said public safety officials were not notified of the derailment, however, because that is not a public road.

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None of the four cars appeared to have tipped over as a result of the derailment. The following day, however, one was being propped up by a pile of rail ties and other pieces of wood underneath it because some of its wheels had sunk into the mud.

Heavy machinery was brought to the scene, and crews worked to get the cars back on the rails. By Thursday afternoon, the scene of the derailment had been cleared.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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