9 train cars derail, 2 fall off overpass near Old Katy Road – KPRC Houston

Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015

ADMITTED SECRETLY COLLECTING CHILD PORN FOR 25 YEARS. AND ANOTHER BREAKING NEWS ALERT, THIS ONE FROM WEST HOUSTON, WHERE TRAFFIC IS STILL BUILDING AFTER A TRAIN DERAILMENT. AROUND 8:30 THIS MORNING, NINE CARS DERAILED AND TWO OF THEM ACTUALLY FELL OFF THE BRIDGE, SHUTTING DOWN OLD KATY ROAD. EIGHT HOURS LATER, THAT ROAD IS STILL CLOSED. SAMANTHA PTASHKIN LIVE AT THE SCENE. ANY WORD ON WHEN IT WILL REOPEN? Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE TELLING US RIGHT NOW THAT IT WON’T OPEN HERE FOR ANOTHER COUPLE OF HOURS. THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO REMOVE THESE TWO CARS THAT DERAILED. THEY ARE SLOWLY BUT SURELY MAKING PROGRESS, BASICALLY THEY’RE TRYING TO VACUUM OUT WHAT WAS UNDERSTAND OF INSIDE OF THOSE CARS SO THEY CAN PULL THOSE CARS OFF OF THE ROAD. THE GOOD NEWS, THERE WERE SOYBEANS AND PLASTIC PELETTES INSIDE BOTH OF THE CARS, SO THEY’RE NOT DEALING WITH ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. IT’S A CRAZY SIGHT TO SEE ON OLD KATY ROAD. IT’S JUST UNBELIEVABLE, WHAT HAPPENED HERE . HE WAS TRYING TO GET TO WORK WHEN HE SPOTTED THIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. I WAS GOING TO GO PICK UP A PART. I WORK FOR MERCEDES, AND I NOTICED IT HAPPENED. Reporter: HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE? NOT IN MY LIFE. Reporter: IT HAD BEEN TRAVELING FROM BEAUMONT TO KENDLETON WHEN IT DERAILED, TWO OF THE CARS LANDING IN THE STREET. IT’S TOO EARLY TO TELL AT THIS POINT IF THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE TRACK THAT CAUSED THIS OR SOMETHING ON ONE OF THE RAILCARS OR COULD BE A NUMBER OF REASONS WHY THIS HAPPENED. Reporter: FOR ABOUT THE PAST SIX HOURS, CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO GET THE CARS OFF THE ROAD AND INSPECT THE TRAIN TRACK. THE TRACK THAT THE TRAIN WAS ON HAS SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE SO, WE’LL BE NEEDING TO CUT RAIL AND REPLACE RAIL BEFORE WE CAN OPEN IT BACK UP. Reporter: LOOKING AT THE SCENE, ESTUARDO IS GRATEFUL HE GOT STUCK IN TRAFFIC INSTEAD OF A MUCH WORSE ALTERNATIVE. I’M REALLY LUCKY, BECAUSE IF I WOULD HAVE BEEN MINUTES BEFORE, I WOULD BE UNDER THE TRAIN. Reporter: THERE WERE TWO CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD THE TRAIN WHEN AUFLTSD ALL OF THIS HAPPENED, BUT THEY DID NOT SUFFER ANY INJURIES. OFFICIALS WILL BE REPLACING 1,500 FEET OF TRACK IN THE AREA, BUT TRAINS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH ON ANOTHER TRACK. MEANWHILE, OLD KATY ROAD SHOULD BE CLOSED FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS WHILE CREWS CONTINUE WORKING TO REMOVE THESE TWO CARS.

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