Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 25, 2014

Trains go too fast through city, derailment could be disastrous

Dear National Transportation Safety Board,

The recent train derailment that occurred in North Dakota has prompted me to send this letter.

My husband and I clocked a train by riding along side it for several minutes on Dec. 28, 2013. It was traveling at 31 MPH and pulling over a mile long train of placard tankers, which we later found to be the same number as the cars in the train wreck, so we assume that the train coming through Cumberland, MD, was carrying the same product (crude oil).

We have complained to CSX about trains traveling through here too fast before, and this incident reinforces my concern.

The speed limit on the tracks through downtown Cumberland is 25MPH, according to officials that I have spoken to locally. These tracks are right next to U.S. Route 40. If a train ever derails here, it will surely cause massive loss of life and destruction, especially if the load is dangerous.

I have a short video of the train which came through here and will share if needed.

Della Cook

Cumberland

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