DES works to restore fiber optics following Pittsburgh train derailment

Dagostino Electronic Services was called to assist in the restoration of fiber optics following August's freight train derailment near Station Square in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH – Dagostino Electronic Services was called to assist in the restoration of fiber optics following the Aug. 5 freight train derailment near Station Square in Pittsburgh.

The fiber optics control communications and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in the area.

Several of the rail cars on the train, traveling westbound to Chicago, derailed and tumbled down onto the Port Authority’s T-line tracks below just after 1 p.m.


The cars were carrying double-stacked shipping containers and transporting consumer and household goods including food, beverages and mouthwash.


The derailment created quite the mess both on the Norfolk Southern rail line where the train was traveling, the T tracks below and the hillside in between.


Crews had to push several shipping containers down the hillside in order to remove them from the area.


By Wednesday morning, the Norfolk Southern tracks had been repaired and service on the main line had resumed.


While the rail cars had been removed from the T tracks, repair work was continuing, and it wasn’t immediately clear when service would be restored.


Miraculously, no one was injured in the derailment. The cause remains under investigation.

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