Coaster Back Online After Delays

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Raw aerials of a freight train derailment on March 16 that delayed Coaster commuters heading southbound beyond Sorrento Valley. (Published Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010)

    A freight train derailed, damaging hundreds of feet of track and shutting down Coaster and Amtrak service to part of the county for most of Tuesday.

    Three Burlington Northern train cars went off the tracks near Frost and Miramar Road at 10 p.m. Monday. There were no injuries but a  300 foot section of track was damaged according to transit workers.

    Train Derailment Affects Coaster

    [DGO] Train Derailment Affects Coaster
    Raw aerials of a freight train derailment on March 16 that delayed Coaster commuters heading southbound beyond Sorrento Valley. (Published Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010)

    Construction crews brought in heavy equipment to remove the cars and clear the area. 

    Transit officials say about 2500 commuters ride the Coaster daily. Most of them commute from North County south.

    Freight Train Derails Causing Commuter Rerouting

    [DGO] Freight Train Derails Causing Commuter Rerouting
    After a freight train derails early Tuesday morning, commuters had to be sheffled around to get them past the blocked tracks. (Published Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010)

    Passengers heading south on the Coaster were bused from Sorrento Valley station to Old Town Transit Ct. And Santa Fe Depot. One rider looked at is as more of an adventure than an inconvenience. "Not too bad. As long as I catch this bus I guess I'm in good shape," said passenger Pam Clark.

    Northbound train passengers were bused from those locations to catch the Coaster at Santa Fe Depot. Many heading north were also concerned about how they'd get to their final destinations. "Just thinking about my day," said Amy Chini who uses the Coaster to get from Old Town to North County. "How that effects it and is it worth you know I'm only going to be able to work a few hours?"

    Train service resumed around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Amtrak.

    The cause of the freight train derailment  is under investigation.