Train Derailment Continues to Block Roads Near Klamath Falls

Recovery efforts continue in Klamath Falls after 15 train cars derailed on Tuesday, causing authorities to close some roads.

Posted: Sep. 19, 2018 7:24 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A low-speed train derailment that happened on Tuesday continues to block roads in Klamath Falls, with multiple cars still toppled from the tracks.

Anderson Way is completely closed between Altamount Drive and Avalon Street as workers continue to labor at removing the remaining derailed cars. Detours are posted from Washburn Way to Altamount Drive.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Klamath County Public Works estimated that the "railcar and utility repairs" would take from two to four days to complete.

A spokesman from BNSF Railway said that one of their trains was traveling between Vancouver, Washington and Barstow, California at about 7 mph when 11 cars suddenly derailed, toppling into four stationary cars on a parallel track — knocking those cars over as well.

BNSF said that one of the cars was carrying hazardous materials, but that car has been cleared away. The company claims that there were no spills and no threat to the environment occurred due to the derailed car. Most of the cars were carrying lumber or paper.

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