No injuries reported in train car derailment west of Bertram

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Authorities believe a time-worn segment of railroad track just west of Bertram off Texas 29 might have caused at least 20 railway cars to derail April 19. Photo courtesy of Bertram Police Department

Authorities believe a time-worn segment of railroad track just west of Bertram off Texas 29 might have caused at least 20 railway cars to derail April 19. Photo courtesy of Bertram Police Department

BERTRAM — No injuries were reported after more than 20 empty train cars jumped the track April 19 on a railway adjacent to Texas 29 west of Bertram, officials said.

According to the Bertram Police Department, investigators believe a time-worn segment of the train track might have broken because of the strain caused by the weight of the railway cars, leading to the derailment.

The incident was reported about 2 a.m. near the intersection of CR 252 in Burnet County.

Capital Metro authorities are on the scene and cleanup is expected to take several hours; however, highway traffic has not been affected by the incident.

Witnesses at the scene said the cars were empty and at least two train employees might have been on the engine.

Officials said the train was en route from Lee County and travels as far west as Llano County.

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