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derailment cleanup could go into 2016

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The clean up of an estimated 60 storage rail cars could last into the new year.

According to Angelina and Neches River Railroad Director and General Manager David Perkins the clean up is still ongoing. Perkins said the ground is still not dry enough to get the heavy equipment into the work area.

Perkins said the railroad is also concerned about people trespassing.

"Gone are the days of people walking along the tracks and putting a penny on them," Perkins said. "It is private property and we cannot have people walking along the tracks and taking pictures. Ever since 9/11 the transportation sector has changed. We are part of that. We may be small but we are still part of that system so we need to have the people stay out of the area."

The railcars were blown over on December 13 after a strong straight line wind gust estimated at nearly 80 mph hit the area causing two cars to fall off of the railroad bridge that crosses loop 287 near Highway 69. The two cars that feel caused a chain reaction along the track.

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