Scott fire chief gives update on train derailment

Photo Credit: KLFY

From The Daily Advertiser

Trains are running again but a crossing remains closed this afternoon near Pecan Grove Road where 11 cars derailed around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The cars were re-railed and the track was cleared by 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, allowing residents of 138 evacuated homes to return.

The track and ballast — rocks that support the rail — have been replaced, allowing trains to travel the route again, said Joe Faust, public affairs director with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.

“What hasn’t been totally repaired is the crossing that was shut down so the work could be done,” Faust said “We’re working now to re-open the crossing.”

Photo Courtesy: Lafayette Fire Department
Photo Courtesy: Lafayette Fire Department

That is expected to happen some time between tonight and mid-day Friday, he said.

The 118-car train was traveling westbound from Lafayette to Dayton, Texas, when 11 cars derailed. All remained upright except one tank car carrying phosphoric acid. That car did not leak.

A cause for the derailment has not been determined.

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