BNSF reopens line in New Mexico after Ft. Sumner derailment

Posted at: 04/19/2013 11:10 AM
Updated at: 04/19/2013 11:19 AM
By: The Associated Press

FORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains are again crossing eastern New Mexico after the railroad's second derailment in Fort Sumner within a month.

Ten covered hopper cars carrying grain derailed during high winds Wednesday.

The line was reopened Thursday though some of the derailed cars were still on the ground next to the tracks.

BNSF spokesman Joe Faust says cause of the latest derailment is under investigation but he says high winds caused a March derailment in which 16 cars carrying containers derailed at Fort Sumner.

The derailments occurred on a single-track segment of the BNSF's main freight line between Los Angeles and Chicago.

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