Federal report determines cause of Alma derailment

Fatigue, engineer error factors in 2015 derailment
Federal report determines cause of Alma derailment

A federal report shows a train derailment in Alma last year was caused by engineer error.

The Federal Railroad Administration released their findings from the November 2015 derailment Tuesday.

About 20,000 gallons of ethanol were spilled into the Mississippi River as a result of the derailment. Environmental studies later found no adverse effects for wildlife in the area.

According to the FRA report, the engineer applied the train’s brakes too quickly, causing 25 cars to come off the rails. Those findings match a report filed by BNSF earlier this year.

Both the train’s engineer and conductor were also found to be fatigued at the time of the incident.

The FRA estimates the derailment caused more than $2 million worth of damage to the track and rail equipment.