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Storm Winds Blow Rail Cars From East Texas Overpass



    Storms Derail Train in East Texas

    64 empty rail cars were blown off an overpass in Lufkin after severe storms blew through Sunday. (Published Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015)

    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.

    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.

    A police statement said about 48 hours would be needed to right the rail cars.

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