By Cliff Judy (SUMNER COUNTY, Kan.)
A day after buckled tracks stranded a Union Pacific train over a south central Kansas river, the company says it hopes to have the tracks back up and running within a week.
A support pier in the bridge sank on Tuesday. Union Pacific officials believe heavy rains and a strong river current eroded the based out from under the pier.
The company tells Eyewitness News the bridge was inspected as recently as May 4th and inspectors found no problems.
Crews trucked in several tons of rocks overnight Tuesday to prep for heavy equipment arriving later this week.
Over the next week, Union Pacific plans to build two temporary support piers around the one that sank. When that's finished, the company will be able to send trains over the bridge again. Repairs to the permanent pier should take two weeks.
REPORTER TWEETS: Read below to see the updates Eyewitness News Reporter Cliff Judy was sending out over Twitter throughout the day. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/12judy.