Derailed freight train falls from bridge onto Texas highway

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Posted: Jun 11, 2015 3:12 PM
Derailed freight train falls from bridge onto Texas highway

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a freight train has derailed on a bridge over a Houston highway and at least one car fell onto the road below.

Houston Fire Department officials say nobody was hurt in the accident around 08:30 a.m. CDT Thursday. No cargo spilled.

A Kansas City Southern Railway Company statement says one locomotive and nine cars derailed, including two that fell from the bridge. One ended up on Old Katy Road. The Texas Department of Transportation has closed the four-lane highway in both directions.

A company official says the train was hauling various kinds of freight but that no hazardous materials spilled.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The train has a two-person crew and was bound from Beaumont to Kendleton, with two locomotives and 84 cars.

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This story has been corrected to show that company now says nine cars and one locomotive derailed, instead of 11 cars.