No injuries reported after 22 train cars derail in Bertram

Train derailment west of Bertram (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
Train derailment west of Bertram (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

BERTRAM, Texas (KXAN) — A freight train hauling empty cars on route to pickup rock in Marble Falls derailed in Bertram early Wednesday morning.

The Watco Companies train fell off the track around 1:17 a.m. in the 700 block of Highway 29 near County Road 252 just west of Bertram when a rail broke causing the number six boxcar to come loose.

A Watco spokesperson said the train consisted of 90 empty cars and four engines. Two engines and 22 cars came off the tracks.

Bertram’s police chief said no one was injured in the derailment and only two engineers were on board when it happened. He added that no foul play was suspected in this derailment.

A heavy equipment crew was called in at 4 a.m. and is on route from Houston to assist with getting the train upright. Cleanup is expected to take several hours but roads are not impacted by the derailment.

Capital Metro told KXAN they own the 163 mile long track that runs from Giddings to Llano, 32 miles of which is used for MetroRail. A spokesperson said the track is in compliance with Code 2.13 of the Federal Railroad Administration. The spokesperson added that these tracks are checked twice a week and that the tracks where the derailment happened were last checked on Monday.

Train derailment west of Bertram (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
Train derailment west of Bertram (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
Train derailment west of Bertram (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
Train derailment west of Bertram (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

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