Norfolk Southern reopens one track on K&I Bridge after fire

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 7:56 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Norfolk Southern railroad has reopened one track on the K&I Bridge after a fire broke out Monday evening, June 30, on the K&I Bridge.

Railroad crews were alerted to the fire just before 6:30 p.m., officials said, when a Norfolk Southern train was traveling from Kentucky to Indiana. Officials said a middle railcar caught fire and crews did not see a fire as they approached the bridge but reported it as they crossed.

Firefighters said they believe the fire started on the railroad tracks and spread to the railcars.

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Crews were able to pull railcars affected by the fire to the Indiana side, while those unaffected were moved to Louisville. Norfolk Southern said the fire did not involve any hazardous materials.

Fire officials said they were able to contain the fire just before 8:30 p.m. but worked to put out hot spots along the bridge overnight.

Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, while another was taken to a local hospital.

A company was working on the track days earlier, officials said, but it is unclear at this time if that work is related to the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 

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