OXFORD, Pa. — Officials say the winds from last week’s storm were so severe that they blew train cars off the tracks just south of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania near the Maryland line.

Al Sauer, president and chief executive officer of East Penn Railroad, told the Daily Local News of West Chester that the gust took down two cars, and they dragged a locomotive with them.

Sauer said the train was loaded with cargo and heading west at the time Friday. The engineer and conductor weren’t injured. Sauer says “We’ve never had anything like this happen.”

A traffic control officer at the scene Saturday said the train was carrying piping material for natural gas line construction.

Sauer said it would probably be a few days before the tracks would be open again.

Information from: Daily Local News, http://www.dailylocal.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.