Train derailment in Jefferson closes Highway 59
Highway 59 in Jefferson was still closed in both directions late Friday afternoon following a train derailment in north Jefferson, underneath the Highway 59 overpass near East Watson Street. Motorists headed south on Highway 59 from Cass County were slowed by detours as a result. The derailment reportedly resulted from a collision between two trains. No injuries to the public or the train crews were reported.
Photo by John Dilmore
From TxDOT/Atlanta District:
ATLANTA -- U.S. 59 has been closed in Jefferson following the collision of two trains near the railroad overpass. The collision caused some of the rail cars to derail and knocked out one of the support columns on the west side of the overpass.
The collision occurred around 10:50 a.m. at a railroad crossroads with Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads. No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved in the collision and derailment.
The Texas Department of Transportation has flown in bridge inspectors to determine the extent of the damages to the bridge structure and to determine if traffic could safely use the opposite side of the bridge. U.S. 59 will remain closed until inspectors determine that the bridge is safe on which to travel.
U.S. 59 traffic is being detoured onto FM 2208, SH 49, FM 248 and FM 1324.