Flooding causes problems including train derailment

by | Sep 22, 2018 | Latest

First responders have been dealing with one emergency after another due to heavy rain in the Farmersville area, including a train derailment.

Around 11:31 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 emergency responders were sent to County Road 558 at County Road 605 regarding a train derailment. Upon arrival, crews discovered 11 cars derailed, apparently due to a low lying railway bridge that may have been compromised due to heavy rain and flooding waters.

There have been no reported injuries and upon inspection, there is no evidence of any hazardous materials may have been released from the train cars. The area around the crash site will be closed until further notice.

Kansas City Southern Rail Road response team and management are on scene mitigating the incident presently.

The Farmersville Police Department is encouraging the public to stay away from the scene.

First responders have also dealt with several rescues from motorists in stranded vehicles and shut down several roads, including Hwy. 78 under Hwy. 380, due to flooded conditions. Drivers are encouraged to stay off roadways unless they absolutely must travel.

A water leak is also located in the city and residents are being asked to conserve water until further notice.

By Wyndi Veigel • News Editor • [email protected]

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