Page:NTSB - Railroad Accident Report - Derailment on May 25, 1989.djvu/31

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Figure 7.—Equipment used during wreckage removal.

that morning, with a backhoe and shovels, Calnev personnel dug two holes on either side of the locomotive engine that came to rest inverted over the pipeline and determined that the depth of the pipeline in that area was between 7 and 8 feet.

According to the testimony of Calnev’s maintenance superintendent and SP’s division mechanical officer, in removing the cars, the cranes would pick the cars up and swing them around in the breach in the levee. From that location, front-end loaders would then carry the cars to the west side of the track (figures 8 and 9). Testimony further indicated that equipment continuously operated through the haul road over the pipeline and that it was