LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Numerous train cars were blown off a bridge on Loop 287 West in Lufkin, Sunday morning.
According to TxDOT, the bridge crosses above Loop 287/ North John Redditt Drive, near the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company. Loop 287 from Highway 103 West to Highway 69 North is closed to traffic at this time.
Lufkin police sergeant Dale Jowell said 64 empty train cars blew over. Jowell said the cars were blown over around 7 a.m. by what is believed to be straight line winds. Several street signs, power lines, and trees were also blown down. Billboards in the area were also damaged.
"This morning we were still in bed and we just heard like a big thump and we ran outside thinking maybe it was a tree or something," said Leticia Rico, a Lufkin resident.
But what Leticia Rico and her family heard was much more than a downed tree. It was multiple train cars blown completely off of their tracks.
"We didn't know what was going on. That's when the whizzing and all the winds started going crazy. We just shut the door, got the kids and went to the living room area," Rico said.
"These cars were idle and waiting for service and apparently the winds were strong enough this morning to blow them completely off their wheels," said David Perkins, president of A&NR Railroad Company.