MARYSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) — A train derailment caused a road to close in Marysville, Perry County Friday morning.
According to the Susquenita School District, they were made aware of a train derailment on the Rockville Bridge in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 2. The district said that its transportation team would do its best to safely navigate this area because of this incident.
A Norfolk Southern train came off its tracks sometime overnight Thursday, which left part of the train hanging off the side of the bridge. South Main Street in Marysville closed to allow crews to start clean up and repair work.
There were no injuries as a result of the derailment and the train was not carrying any hazardous materials, according to Norfolk Southern.
Both Verizon and Comcast have confirmed with abc27 that a fiber cable line was damaged by the train derailment, causing internet and phone outages. In a statement, Comcast and Verizon have both said that crews are on site and are ready to restore service as soon as emergency officials ensure the area is safe.
The internet outages impacted several Midstate school districts, many of which get internet service through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). CAIU uses the fiber cable line to provide internet to schools in four counties.
“So it is a pretty big disruption,” CAIU director of technology David Martin said.
Martin said he heard about the outage around 6 a.m. Friday and learned from Comcast, CAIU’s provider, that it was caused by the train derailment. Martin said CAIU does have a backup provider that can usually jump in when an outage happens, but in this case, since the main fiber cable was cut, no providers could get internet out over that line.
“There wasn’t much we could do except for notify people and on throughout the day so they know that it’s still progressing, we’re still waiting for feedback from our provider,” he said.
Martin also said Comcast is trying to set up a backup line as a temporary fix to the internet outage, but he is not sure when that could happen or when service will be fully restored.
“Our hope is that we would have something by this weekend so that when we start next week that we’re ready to go,” he said.