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Date: 12/25/20 09:50
UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: Agent

A Union Pacific train derailed near Elkhart, Iowa about 5:30 this morning.  This would be on the former Rock Island Spine Line.  Intial reports say a small bridge south of Elkhart collasped as the train was going over it.  There have been no reported injuries so far.

https://www.kcci.com/article/train-derailment-closes-several-roads-in-northeast-polk-county-iowa/35072296

https://www.weareiowa.com/article/news/community/polk-county-sheriffs-office-train-derails-after-small-bridge-collapses-union-pacific-railroads/524-5cb8cd82-a0ec-4667-abbb-7deda63c037a



Date: 12/25/20 09:51
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: rgzfan

That'll buff right out.



Date: 12/25/20 10:16
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: TCnR

Looks like every single car came off the tracks. The old SP reports would describe that as a 'general pile'.

+ the second link shows some cars left on the rail. Impressive.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/25/20 11:02 by TCnR.



Date: 12/25/20 10:36
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: MILW86A

Reported to be MSSDM as the train. 

 



Date: 12/25/20 11:25
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: skinem

HoHoHo!  Me-e-e-e-erry CRASHmas!!



Date: 12/25/20 12:27
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: dan

hulcher is there



Date: 12/25/20 13:12
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: coach

Are bridge inspections still happening on the UP..??



Date: 12/25/20 13:47
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: CNW8531

coach Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Are bridge inspections still happening on the
> UP..??

It really makes you wonder with all the PSR cutbacks they've done.  Shareholders and company executives first and foremost.



Date: 12/25/20 15:10
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: funnelfan

I see the UP Bridge Replacement Program is still moving right along. How many major bridge collapse derailments has UP had in the past couple decades? Seems like dozens and dozens!

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 12/26/20 09:47
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: TCnR

Does anybody know what kind of 'bridge' is involved ?

A span over field drainage could be a correctly called a bridge, so could a span over the Mississippi, not that the media has been known to use overly dramatic descriptions.



Date: 12/26/20 20:01
Re: UP Derailment and Bridge Collapse Near Elkhart, Iowa
Author: bankshotone

Blame it on running the big boy over it twice last year😳



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