LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Crews are in the process of repairing guardrail damage and potholes caused when 80 mph straight line winds blew numerous empty train cars off of a railroad bridge over Loop 287 in Lufkin during Sunday's storms. In all, 64 train cars were blown over.
Rhonda Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said that motorists should be ready for lane closures over the course of the next few days.
"They actually accelerated down this hill and, so a lot of the concentrated damage was here at the base of the hill," said Jason Hansford a National Weather Service meteorologist. "We also have a kind of a funneling effect from the trees and the dip here, and so we had an enhanced gradient of around 80 mile-per-hour winds."
The train cars were empty and Hansford said that likely contributed to them being blown off the tracks.
"If they were actually filled with supplies or other material that added more weight, I believe the train cars here could've stayed upright and not have toppled here onto the side," Hansford said.
A&NR President David Perkins said it would take several weeks to remove the fallen cars. The four cars which blocked Loop 287 were removed Sunday night.