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Officials Looking For Cause Of Train Derailment In Northwest Houston

A section of Old Katy Road is back open after a train derailment that knocked a couple of rail cars off a bridge. Meanwhile officials are trying to figure out what exactly happened.


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Along with uprighting and offloading the derailed cars, crews also had to repair and clean about 1500 feet of track, and they had to keep the road closed while they worked on the bridge overhead.

The Kansas City Southern train was on its way from Beaumont to Fort Bend County when it jumped the tracks Thursday morning.

At least eight rail cars and a locomotive left the tracks. One rail car fell off the bridge and onto the roadway.

Jeff DeGraff is with Union Pacific Railroad which manages the tracks. He says the investigation continues.

“We’ve collected some of the data from the data recorders off of the locomotives,” explains DeGraff. “We’re still in the process of downloading that information and getting it processed and analyzed.”

DeGraff says they’ll also examine the derailed cars and sections of the track.

“This type of investigation can take several weeks because we want to be thorough and make sure we have an accurate picture of what happened,” says DeGraff.

Union Pacific says the tracks that cross Old Katy Road periodically handle hazardous materials, but nothing dangerous was spilled in the derailment and no one was hurt.


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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