LUFKIN, Texas — Strong winds from a severe thunderstorm have blown 64 empty rail cars from an East Texas overpass, closing a heavily traveled highway but causing no injuries.
— FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) December 13, 2015
— KFVS News (@kfvsnews) December 14, 2015
Lufkin police say a straight-line wind of at least 40 mph blew the cars from the Angelina and Neches River Railroad overpass onto Loop 287 near U.S. 69 about 7 a.m. Sunday. Sgt. Dale Jowell said street signs, power lines and trees along the stretch of rail bed were downed and billboards also were damaged.
— Lane Luckie (@LaneLuckie) December 13, 2015
TxDOT crews continue to monitor work on SL 287W in Lufkin where empty train cars were blown from a railroad bridge. pic.twitter.com/wqhFYvhBPK
— TxDOT Lufkin (@TxDOTLufkin) December 13, 2015
A police statement said about 48 hours would be needed to right the rail cars.