Report: Engineer error caused train derailment

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FILE – This Dec. 21, 2019 file photo photo provided by the Washington County, Md., shows a freight line train in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, W.Va. A report from the Federal Railroad Administration says an engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The derailment in December sent two cars into the water and damaged a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail (Washington County, Md via AP, File)

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HARPERS FERRY, WV (AP) — A report from the Federal Railroad Administration says an engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

The derailment in December sent two cars into the water and damaged a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail.

According to The Journal, the recently released report says the engineer used excessive force to make a movement while the brakes were still applied.

The derailment closed access to some parts of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park. Repairs to the footbridge are underway.

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