Report: Gaithersburg Prepared For Train Accident
Gaithersburg officials said the city is prepared for an incident similar to Monday's fatal derailment in Ellicott City, The Gazette reports.
Gaithersburg officials said Tuesday they are prepared for a train accident similar to the fatal derailment that occurred late Monday evening in Ellicott City, according to a report by The Gazette.
“There are certain situations that you hope never occur, but if [they do] you need to make sure that you can deal with it as quick and effectively as possible,” Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz told The Gazette.
Monday night, 21 cars of an 80-car-long freight train derailed along the CSX line that travels through the Ellicott City historic district, Ellicott City Patch reported. Two people were found dead on the train tracks when crews responded to the scene, at about midnight.
CSX trains run through the heart of Olde Town Gaithersburg several times per day.
Skip Lanham, Gaithersburg's emergency management coordinator, told The Gazette, he thinks the city is well prepared to handle a major emergency event such as a train derailment, adding that it would also become a "[Montgomery] county incident."
Lanham also said it's been a long time since Gaithersburg conducted a large scale rail disaster training, according to the report. It was "something [the city] can improve upon," he said.