Flooding Washes Out Pittsburg County Railway Bridge

Sunday, May 21st 2017, 1:37 pm
By: Tess Maune

Flooding caused part of a railroad to wash out in Pittsburg County early Saturday morning. The railway bridge in Canadian gave out as several tanker cars passed over, causing two of the tankers to go in the creek and two other cars also derailed.

Union Pacific, Pittsburg County Emergency Management and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality agents responded to the scene, said Kevin Inloe, Pittsburg County Emergency Manager.

We're told the tankers were carrying ethanol, but no fuel leaked into the creek or onto private property where the train derailed.

Union Pacific issued the following statement Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017:

Union Pacific crews have been working around the clock this weekend at the derailment site in Canadian. The two tank cars that derailed have been partially emptied of the contents, moved out of the way at the derailment site and secured. We will continue to off-load their contents. They will be removed at a later date when it is more conducive.
The bridge has been temporarily shored with fill materials. It is in the process of being completed this afternoon at which point it will be inspected before any train traffic resumes. It is anticipated that the main line and the siding will be re-opened to trains later this evening. Trains will be restricted to a slow speed for the time being.
A permanent solution for the bridge structure is currently being developed. That work is being planned for Tuesday, depending on availability of materials. Of course, as with all construction projects, timelines may be adjusted as necessary.

No one was hurt.