By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Fire Department and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Public Affairs Director Lena Kent (Information):
Ludlow, California: Clean up, wreckage removal and railroad tracks repairs continues at the site of a freight train derailment near the National Trails Highway railroad crossing.
Pictures: Bonnie Farley (Courtesy):
ZachNews received these pictures from Bonnie Farley showing the work happening on Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at the site of the freight train derailment.
Lots of construction equipment, flood lights and work crews surround the freight train derailment site.
Construction equipment removing slowly the damaged rail cars that scattered along the railroad tracks; cargo cars and gravel cars being separated and cleared as wheels from the rail cars stack up on the side.
Crews reportedly continuing to work to clear the railroad line and repair any damaged railroad tracks.
Pictures: San Bernardino County Fire Department (Courtesy):
The freight train derailment occurred at around 12:20 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 about a haft a mile east of the small desert town along historic Route 66.
ZachNews broke the breaking news story after reports began coming over the scanner and on the California Highway Patrol’s Traffic Incident Information Page of a train derailment.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported on Wednesday that 25-35 rail cars derailed, and Haz-Mat personnel found one round tank car leaking a flammable liquid known as denatured alcohol (similar to ethanol).
San Bernardino County Fire Department and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Haz-Mat were able to enter the tank car and mitigate the hazard.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported Wednesday that the overall tank car leak is estimated that several thousand gallons had leaked from the unit.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Public Affairs Director Lena Kent tells ZachNews that crews were able to clean access for other freight trains as well as Amtrak passenger train service to get by the site.
Moments ago, ZachNews checked on Amtrak passenger train service between Barstow, California and Needles, California.
As of 12:29 a.m. PT, the #4 Southwest Chief heading eastbound is getting through the area of the freight train derailment, will be late to arrive into Downtown Needles, California.
Pictures: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
On Thursday, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway continues to get their employees around the freight train derailment.
In Downtown Needles, California, crews from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway were spotted boarding a large passenger bus likely to get railroad crews to their next assignment.
Some freight trains coming from Arizona were also spotted leaving Downtown Needles, California heading westbound along the railroad tracks towards the desert.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Public Affairs Director Lena Kent tells ZachNews that the cause of the Freight train derailment is under investigation.
Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the freight train derailment in Ludlow, California.