Train derailment is still being cleared, FOX23 digs into why


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/10 10:31 pm Published: 1/10 10:25 pm


A train derailment in north Tulsa is causing issues weeks later.

It happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 13.

A number of those rail cars have yet to be cleared.

FOX23 checks into why.

We spoke with the railroad company, which tells us the problem has been the weather, so damaged rail cars are still laying around, and could be here for at least two more weeks.

Driving by this area of north Tulsa, it's almost a shock to the system to see this.

"It's just a bunch of empty, torn up, mangled rail cars. It looks like a bunch of junk," Kyle Jefferson said.

Jefferson works at the feed store across the street, and he remembers the day this it happened.

"It was crazy because there was equipment everywhere and a train off the tracks and everything, and so it was quite an ordeal," Jefferson said.

Before, he had a nice view of the nearby park; now when he looks out of his window, this is what he sees.

"All you see is junk, pretty much like a junk yard. It's exactly what it looks like," Jefferson explained.

Customer Tracy Heaton cringes when she thinks how much havoc this train derailment has caused.

"When I look over there, I just see pain and suffering, honestly, because I think of the railroad because they've lost money and I think of the people who has gone through this and I just feel so sorry for them," Heaton said.

This whole area is pretty much an eyesore.

The railroad company tells me that this does not pose an environmental, safety or hazardous threat to this community.

A spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway company says they usually work quickly to get the mess cleaned up, but the weather has put a halt to their efforts.

A special company is being used to remove the cars from the area by a crane.

Investigators believe someone tampered with the train and that's what may have caused the accident. A $100,000 reward is being offered in this case.


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Mayor Maynot - 1/11/2014 11:27 AM
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DancingGma #8 ^]\. Sounds like you all about complaining.

Mayor Maynot - 1/11/2014 11:23 AM
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It's on their property. I guess they can do whatever they want.

DancinGrandma - 1/11/2014 7:37 AM
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" Eyesore " lol . This whole area is that way , and it's not because of the derailed train . Bet this same person complained when they had that junkyard full of cars down there too ! Somebody needs to calm down , it was below freezing and I don't blame anyone for not working in this weather . At least it's not in the road . Gheez some people have nothing to do other than Gripe ,Gripe , Gripe !

gettingby - 1/11/2014 6:51 AM
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You are so upset about your 'view' that you want men working outside to pick up the wreck site in the coldest weather ever. When it can be done safely for man and equipment, they will get it done. In the meantime, get a life.

bobby j howell - 1/11/2014 6:49 AM
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So it's a bunch of Junk,Drive around Tulsa and you'll see plenty of Junk.Maby those mangled up railcars will give people some RESPECT about crossing a RailRoad Crossing,They may see what could happen when Trains Don't STOP for them!
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