A southbound train crossing a railroad bridge near 130th and Sumner Road Tuesday morning came to a sudden and unexpected halt.
A Union Pacific spokesman says the crew noticed a bow or buckling in the tracks over the Chikaskia River. By the time the train came to a stop, the buckle was between the two forward locomotives.
No one was hurt and the crew made it off safely.
Tom Lange, Director of Union Pacific's Corporate Communications, says the train had 66 cars and the two locomotives. Only 8 cars and the two locomotives were on the bridge at the time it stopped.
The train was carrying anhydrous ammonia in one car. It was 18-20 cars from the bridge.
Union Pacific says it doesn't know what damaged the tracks but is looking at high waters and winds from storms the other night as a possible reason.
Lange says a new locomotive has been brought in to remove the railcars and one of the locomotives from the north. Another locomotive will be brought in from the south to remove the locomotive that crossed the damaged track.
The train company says their weather data page shows there may have been as much as eight inches of rain in the area, and that may have something to do with the bridge, but they don't know for sure.
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