Multiple causes in derailment


The Jan. 29 derailment of a Vermont Rail train in Whitehall was the result of a combination of issues, according to the president of the company.

David Wulfson said his company’s investigation found there were “multiple causes” that contributed to the accident, which closed the line for the

better part of a day.

“The train configuration was a problem, there were short, empty cars at the head end and a load on the other end,” he said. “There was a little bit of an issue with train handling and there is a little extra elevation in the curve.

“You put all those things together, and things like this happen,” he added. “There were no track defects. There was a broken rail, but we believe that was caused by the derailment.”

The issue with the curve is that it has a higher bank than usual to make for a smoother ride for Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express, which also uses the line.

Wulfson said the company has taken corrective measures



Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress – 11/27/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 11/27/15

Weekender – 11/27/15

North Country Freepress – 11/27/15

Sweeping drug bust nets 11

Drug Bust Press Conference

By Dan King Seven Granville residents were among a group of 11 “mid to high level drug dealers” arrested in […]

Suboxone: A growing scourge in the area


By Dan King Illicit sale and use of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat heroin addiction, is a growing […]

McDonald’s future uncertain

McDonalds 1

By Dan King The sign along Route 4 telling drivers that a McDonald’s is coming up on the left has […]

Whitehall, Granville close to finalizing chief contract

Whitehall Police

By Dan King and Jamie Norton In September, Granville Police Chief Ernie Bassett was tabbed to take on the same […]

Hampton may use, restore historic cemetery

cemetery 3

By Jamie Norton The town of Hampton is considering an idea that would allow its residents to be buried in […]

Northshire Freepress – 11/20/15

Weekender – 11/20/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 11/20/15