WESTFORD -- Town Manager Jodi Ross confirmed with The Sun Tuesday night town officials will meet with Pan Am Railways on May 6.
Limited details were available Tuesday night but Ross confirmed a meeting was set with Pan Am officials in Westford on the day of town election. Ross, in a joint effort with U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Rep. Niki Tsongas, state Rep. James Arciero and Sen. Eileen Donoghue, all pushed for a meeting with the company, following a train derailment in February, to mend its "broken relationship."
On Feb. 19, five cars derailed in the Graniteville area of town. The cars had teetered over the edge of an overpass off Bridge Street over the town's Stony Brook aquifer.
The company is facing fines for from the Federal Railroad Administration for a wide-gauge issue. The state Department of Environmental Protection has also voiced concerns about contamination and is demanding the company perform "immediate-response action" to evaluate the situation, after some of the cars were reported to be carrying liquid petroleum gas.
Ross said Tuesday she is not sure if Pan Am President David Fink will be at the meeting but Vice President Cynthia Scarano is scheduled to be there to talk with officials. Scarano has not returned repeated calls for comment since accusations arose from town officials that the company has been difficult to work with in the last few years.
Ross said she and Fire Chief Joe Targ were threatened with arrest when they happened upon the scene in February and searched the tracks for a rail official for more answers. They were not notified of the event which occurred late at night -- Targ drove by the scene around 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 and then alerted town officials, who readied nearby residents for evacuation that day.
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