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Freight train derailment complicates commute in Pittsburgh

August 6, 2018
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Emergency personnel work the scene of a train derailment above Carson Street on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, near Station Square in Pittsburgh. Four cars from a freight train derailed in Pittsburgh, sending containers tumbling down a hillside onto light rail tracks below, but no injuries have been reported, authorities said. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Commuters in Pittsburgh who use its light rail system are feeling the after-effects of a freight train derailment.

Seven rail cars from a freight train derailed Sunday near Station Square, sending shipping containers tumbling down a hillside onto light rail tracks.

With Station Square out of service, light rail users who live in the southern suburbs are being forced to switch to shuttle buses to complete the trip into the downtown area Monday. Commuters from the north have to switch to buses if they want to get to city’s South Shore.

Transit officials say it should take up to three days to clear Station Square and assess the damage. The agency expects full service to be restored in days, not weeks.

The light rail has about 12,000 to 13,000 daily riders.

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