MBTA Service Back to Normal After Andover Derailment

Andover station.

Service on the Haverhill commuter rail line this morning “ran smoothly” since a car derailment on the Andover portion Tuesday morning disrupted local rider service with delays and cancellations.

Full service was restored on the Haverhill line around 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, according to Keolis Commuter Services Manager of Public Relations and Communications Mac Daniel. While the derailed car was being cleared, riders were bussed between Lawrence and Andover stations.

“Busing was canceled at that point and trains began running on their normal schedule,” Daniel told WHAV. “During last night’s evening commute, there were no impacts on service. This morning’s service ran smoothly as well.”

According to Daniel, an investigation, involving the Federal Railroad Administration’s Boston office, is ongoing into the cause of the car derailment in Andover, purportedly involving damaged track. The portion of track was last inspected in December, Daniel said. The track’s age and whether the section of track was replaced in recent years was not known.

A Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) spokesperson, when contacted by WHAV, referred all requests for comment on the incident and commuter rail service status to Keolis