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January 22, 2018

R. J. Corman Railroad Services: Rail Damage on Bridge Leads to Derailment

A rail broke on a bridge in Bluffs, Illinois leading to a derailment of 11 5-packers. Due to 3,000 feet of rail damage, twenty loaded containers remained upright on one half of the bridge, but twenty additional loaded containers accordioned, and slid down the embankment on the other side of the bridge. Knowing a quick response time was critical, and many additional resources were needed, R. J. Corman Railroad Services Emergency Response was called to the location.


On January 13th, the St. Louis Division began working on the derailment. They took 4 side booms, 1 loader and 1 track hoe to clear the damaged cars from the bridge into a nearby field, and the cars that were upright were re-railed using frogs. Track panels were laid to put the track back in service, and within 24 hours of their call out time, R. J. Corman Railroad Services was able to return the main line to operational condition. Then, they began to load all the damaged containers to clear out the surrounding property. The team finished clearing the site and completed the job on January 19th.