Unusual rail movement at grade crossing leads to sinkhole discovery in Bethel, Conn.

Written by RT&S Staff
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When railroad tracks move the way they weren’t made to move, an investigation is necessary.

On June 9 a concerned citizen notified Metro-North and said the railroad track at a crossing on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, Conn., was moving a lot while a train was moving through. After crews were sent to investigate they spotted the formation of a sinkhole right underneath the tracks. Officials say the sinkhole likely started to form a year ago following a water main repair underneath the crossing.

Metro-North rail service and a portion of Greenwood Avenue have been shut down. Crews are cutting about 50 yards of track and will be replacing railroad ties en route to installing a new grade crossing.

Metro-North is hoping to restore service by Monday morning.

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