Train blown off bridge in severe storm (video)

Ruth Doherty
Severe Weather Louisiana
Severe Weather Louisiana



A number of train carriages and shipping containers were knocked off an elevated bridge in high winds on Tuesday.

Video footage shows the moment a cargo train is pushed off a bridge by wind and rain, crashing onto the road below in New Orleans.

The incident occurred on the Huey P Long Bridge in Elmwood, and was captured on camera by WGNO reporter Jabari Thomas.

Severe Storm Winds Blow Train Cars Off Bridge in New Orleans
Severe Storm Winds Blow Train Cars Off Bridge in New Orleans



Nancy Stoltz, with the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, told WGNO the Union Pacific train was travelling at about 4mph when winds knocked the containers off the bridge.

She added that structural engineers attended the scene to assess the remaining cars and any damage to the tracks.

According to the Metro, a statement from the New Orleans Public Belt said: "Due to the severe weather this morning, four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge.

"The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time."

The bridge remained open to vehicular traffic.




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