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Re: Update: CSX train derailment
According to the Baltimore Sun, companies have laid 30,000 feet of emergency fiber to patch around the damage in the Howard Tunnel. "There was a ripple effect around the country with corporate networks due to this Baltimore disaster," said Frank Stanton, an executive with Lexent Inc., a New York-based company that repaired fiber-optic cable after the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. "Everybody thinks they have redundancy, but these type incidents show people there are huge issues. When you cross rivers and bridges, these choke points are the Achilles' heel." On the Washington DC to New York City fiber route, there seems to be at least one train derailment leading to significant network traffic re-routes every year.