I-25 in Colorado Partially Closed as Coal Train Derailment Claims Semi-Truck Driver’s Life, Authorities Report
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I-25 in Colorado Partially Closed as Coal Train Derailment Claims Semi-Truck Driver’s Life, Authorities Report

A section of Colorado’s Interstate 25 has been completely blocked off in both directions due to a coal train derailing from a bridge and landing on the roadway on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, this incident resulted in the tragic death of a semi-truck driver, as confirmed by state authorities.

Response teams are currently engaged in the challenging task of clearing the toppled train cars and the spilled coal at the derailment site, located near the city of Pueblo, approximately 45 miles south of Colorado Springs, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The train operator, BNSF Railway, said its crews were assisting in the cleanup effort.

Images of the scene posted online by the State Patrol showed at least 10 train cars sliding off the tracks and over a bridge and nearby embankment, where coal lay on the ground. The bridge, which spans two lanes of the interstate, appeared to be partially collapsed, with a semi-truck pinned underneath.

State Patrol spokesman Gary Cutler said the male driver of the truck was killed. No other details about the victims were provided.BNSF Railway said no injuries were reported.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the closure of the interstate extends about 12 miles from Exit 100B in Pueblo north to Exit 110. Both northbound and southbound lanes are closed.

“This will be an extended closure. Motorists traveling between Pueblo and Colorado Springs will have to take a detour.

I-25 in Colorado Partially Closed as Coal Train Derailment Claims Semi-Truck Driver’s Life, Authorities Report

The National Transportation Safety Board announced it is investigating the incident.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said he has communicated with Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the incident and has been briefed by the Federal Railroad and Federal Highway Administrations. US Department of Transportation staff were headed to the scene Sunday night, he said.

“State and local authorities are at the forefront of the initial emergency response, and we stand ready to provide any necessary assistance to expedite the restoration of normal operations for the affected highway and rail routes,” stated Buttigieg.

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