GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – According to Great Barrington Police, a freight train derailed Thursday around 7 p.m. near 168 Front Street in the Town of Great Barrington.
Seventeen cars derailed, but none tipped over, although one is resting on a nearby business, Substation Studio.
The Housatonic Railroad Company Executive Vice President Edward Rodriguez says a piece of rail broke under the train causing it to derail. The company was working Friday to get the 17 cars back on track
Rodriguez tells NEWS10 a part of the railroad was tested in the spring and no issued were detected.
The owner Substation Studio, Robby Baier, says the track has been a problem. "We wrote them a letter years ago saying you should really come here and look how much this teeters," he said. "When the train goes by it dips, you can see the railroad tracks going down, so to me that looks like a problem."
Police say there were no injuries and no immediate hazardous material concerns on Thursday.
As for the damages to Baier's business, Rodriguez is not sure if the railroad company would be responsible or not.