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Rail Span Reopens After Crews Fix Defect

Posted September 20, 2007 5:31 a.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2007 8:21 a.m. EDT

— Crews were able to repair a Johnston County bridge late Wednesday. The Little River bridge had been closed for the day, delaying several Amtrak trains.

The bridge was undergoing an inspection when crews found a defect in the support system, said Meg Sacks, a spokeswoman for CSX, the railroad company that manages the bridge.

Amtrak officials said the closure had affected about 40 trains, carrying about 1,400 passengers, and CSX said it affected 30 freight trains.

"When we got in Richmond, they said, 'We are sorry, but there's a bridge that is unsafe,'” Amtrak passenger Barbara Woods said.

Trains were detoured to nearby stations, so passengers could board buses to reach their destinations.

Crews finished the bridge repairs at around 11 p.m. Wednesday, and trains resumed operating on regular schedules.

The bridge was closed for about a day in April 2006, when a visual inspection uncovered a defect, Sacks said. That closing impacted about 50 trains, including 10 Amtrak routes.