Strong Winds Derail Train In Ellis County

Tuesday, August 11th 2020, 6:45 am

Ellis County -

Emergency crews in Ellis County plan to clean up more than a dozen train cars that were derailed by straight line winds Monday night near the town of Gage.

The Gage Fire Chief told News 9 he believed as many as 25 train cars were blown off the tracks by pockets of wind of up to 70 mph.

“I’m going to estimate about half-a-mile long, that I can see of rail cars turned over right now,” said News 9 Storm Tracker Marty Logan. “Also, two [OG&E] electric poles and a transformer were destroyed.”

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“There were three hazmat cars in this long line. They were not tipped over.”

Northwest Electric also posted on Facebook that the strong winds damaged several structures and power poles 10 miles east of Buffalo.

The Gage Fire Department said no one was hurt and they’ll be turning over the investigation to BNSF law enforcement coming from Amarillo and Kansas City.