Update: Derailment not caused by bridge failure - KOTA Territory News

Update: Derailment not caused by bridge failure

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Canadian Pacific Railway says there is no indication that a bridge failure caused a derailment west of Rapid City near Black Hawk.
Thirteen or 14 cars derailed Thursday afternoon, and local law enforcement officials say a bridge collapsed.
CP officials say they're continuing to investigate the cause of the wreck, but that a preliminary review shows the integrity of the bridge is unrelated to the cause.
No one was hurt in the mishap.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press




By Kirk Stevens

More than a dozen rail cars came off the tracks west of Rapid City near Black Hawk Thursday.

The Canadian Pacific Railway train was on a track parallel to Sturgis Road when it derailed and caused a bridge to collapse.

Eleven of the 13 derailed cars filled with bentonite broke open spilling its contents.

The Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department did call in the HAZMAT team from Rapid City to verify that there is no threat to the public.

Railroad spokesman Andy Cummings says no one was injured in the mishap.

Krista Runge, an employee at Black Hawk Animal Clinic, which is directly across from where the accident occurred, watched the entire thing unfold.

"I saw it personally as it happened. I was typing in some patient's notes, and I noticed the train was wobbling. I saw the cars go off the train track and when I got to the window, the bridge collapsed and then the train started collapsing on itself," said Runge.

"Obviously you can see from your footage the bridge is out. We've got 13 cars off the track. Peaceful Pines and Sturgis road, the intersection there is blocked and will be blocked for a minimum of 24 hours," Troy Carling, Fire Chief.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol has closed Peaceful Pines Road until the remaining cars are removed.

The cause of derailment is still under investigation and crews from Canadian Pacific are on the scene assessing the damage.




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