Strathmore Bridge reopened after derailment in West Springfield

The derailment in the CSX yard blocked the bridge a quarter mile away

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Traffic was moving freely again Tuesday night between West Springfield and Agawam, three hours after a minor derailment caused major problems.

West Springfield Police Captain Robert Duffy told 22News a couple of freight cars derailed in the CSX rail yard on Memorial Ave. at about 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.  He said the train was so long that it blocked the Strathmore Bridge, between an eighth and a quarter mile down the tracks.

Captain Duffy said the bridge closure caused major traffic problems for cars getting to and leaving the Big E.

CSX was able to fix part of the problem by separating rail cars, creating a gap in the train at the bridge.

The bridge, which is formally named the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge,” reopened at 8:00 Tuesday night, about three hours after the derailment.

Automobile traffic is able to move across the bridge now, but the train is still on the rails next to the bridge.  Captain Duffy was uncertain how freight rail traffic was being impacted.

No one was hurt.