BNSF: Temporary Bridgeport crossing should be in place Tuesday

A BNSF official now says a temporary crossing to accommodate motorists should be in place Tuesday at the Main Street/Highway 88 rail crossing in Bridgeport impacted by Sunday's early morning derailment of a loaded coal train. Andy Williams says a permanent crossing won't be in for a couple weeks because of the low supply of asphalt needed to make those repairs.

The crossing has been closed after 15 loaded coal cars at the end of the 124 car southbound train derailed around 5:30 a.m.

Williams says heavy equipment and a special crew from Grand Island have been working around the clock to cleanup the coal. Williams says they are working Monday to remove the damaged cars and will concentrate Tuesday on removing the spilled coal

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Bridgeport Police Department said that there were no injuries in the incident.

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