Train Derailment Near Station Square Causing Major Commuter Issues

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio1020 KDKA) - On Sunday afternoon seven cars in a Norfolk Southern train left the tracks on the South Side and is now causing big issues for commuters.

There is a change of plans from Port Authority for light rail riders heading from the South Hills to downtown Pittsburgh. Port Authority's Adam Brandolph tells the KDKA Radio Morning News how riders can get from the South Hills to Downton.

“Riders heading inbound can board shuttle buses from South Hills junction to First Avenue. Rail cars are serving the Downtown business district from First Avenue Station to Allegheny Station on the North Shore.”

Fares on the T system have been suspended. The decision was made because the power line for the T in Allentown was too close to one of the derailed cars and the line was cut.

Norfolk Southern’s Rudy Husband tells KDKA Radio it will still be some time before the cars are removed.

“We’re still looking at probably another 24 hours to remove the derailed cars and the containers and then we have about 4 to 600 feet of track on either one of the tracks to restore.”

In addition to the light rail problems, the Smithfield Street Bridge is closed along with West Carson Street. There are also bus detours and shuttles are running from both inclines.

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