BNSF Releases Statement on New Iberia, Louisiana Train Derailment as Roads Remain Closed
BNSF has released an official statement on the train derailment in New Iberia that has disrupted road traffic following a collision between one of their trains and a semi-truck.
According to an official press release from BNSF, the incident took place at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday at the Airport Boulevard crossing.
BNSF has confirmed that the collision resulted in the derailment of 20 rail cars and two locomotives that were transporting mixed freight. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among the crew members onboard the train.
Notably, the railroad crossing where the incident occurred is equipped with safety measures including gates, lights, and bells. The reasons leading up to the collision, despite these safety provisions, remain unclear. BNSF is actively investigating the root cause of the incident.
BNSF can confirm at approximately 5 p.m. CST Monday, a train struck a semi-truck occupying the Airport Boulevard crossing in New Iberia, Louisiana. The incident resulted in the derailment of 20 rail cars and two locomotives carrying mixed freight. There were no injuries reported to the crew. The railroad crossing is equipped with gates, lights and bells. The cause of the incident is under investigation. Highway 182 remains closed from Hwy 674 (NW Bypass) to Highway 88 as BNSF personnel work with local law enforcement to clear the incident. Highway 88 remains open.
In light of the derailment, major disruptions have been reported on the roadways. Highway 182 is currently closed from Hwy 674 (NW Bypass) to Highway 88. As BNSF personnel work diligently alongside local law enforcement to clear the area, they advise motorists and the general public to avoid the affected route. However, it's worth noting that Highway 88 remains open to traffic.
Locals have been urged to stay close to information and updates on road closures and exercise caution while the investigation and cleanup operations are underway.
The timeline for when Highway 182 will be reopened is still uncertain, and BNSF has not yet provided an estimated timeframe for the completion of the cleanup. Local residents and motorists are advised to follow updates from BNSF and the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office as we will provide updates on any further developments.