Colorado’s I-25 Partially Closed After Coal Train Derails, Fatally Striking Semi-Truck Driver, Authorities Report

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A section of Colorado’s Interstate 25 has been completely closed in both directions due to a coal train derailment that occurred on Sunday afternoon, tragically resulting in the fatality of a semi-truck driver, according to state authorities.

Rescue and cleanup crews are diligently addressing the overturned train cars and coal spill at the derailment site, situated near the city of Pueblo, approximately 45 miles south of Colorado Springs, as confirmed by 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.

Colorado’s I-25 Partially Closed After Coal Train Derails, Fatally Striking Semi-Truck Driver, Authorities Report

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

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 taking the lead in the initial emergency response, and we stand ready to provide assistance as required to expedite the restoration of normal operations for the impacted highway and rail routes,” stated Buttigieg.

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