SOCORRO (KRQE) - Trains are running along the main BNSF Railway line again in Socorro on Sunday after all cars involved in a crash Saturday were removed and the track was repaired.
Federal Wildlife officer Ben Lanford with the Bosque del Apache Wildlife reserve said all the cars are sitting on the east side of the track. The next step in the cleanup, Lanford said, is for crews to dismantle the wrecked train cars and remove them from the area. As a result, he expects State Road 1 to be closed for another 48 hours.
On Saturday, New Mexico State Police reported a rail broke on the BNSF Railway 18 miles south of Socorro around 5 a.m. It was unclear if the rail broke before or because of the derailment that caused about 20 freight cars to topple and crash along both sides of the track. Many of them were two- or three-deck auto haulers carrying as many as two dozen smaller cars.
No injuries or hazardous materials were reported in the crash.
Lanford was not sure when the track officially opened Sunday, but trains have been passing through the area since at least 7:30 a.m.
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