Train tracks to be rebuilt after train derailment

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Reported by: Martina Del Bonta
Updated: 1/23 10:14 pm Published: 1/23 8:58 pm

FOX23 has learned train tracks will have to be rebuilt following a train derailment in north Tulsa.

The derailment happened shortly after midnight on Thursday under Highway 75 just east of N. Lansing.

Officials say the tracks are full of dirt and broken metal.

It's a situation some residents aren't too happy about.

"It's a concern because we have kids around here and why did it derail? I want to know," said James Brinkley.

Southern Kansas and Oklahoma Railroads owns the derailed cars.

It took crews nearly five hours to clean it up and once it was cleared crews got started welding the tracks back together.

Crews told FOX23 they couldn't finish the job, so before they left they made sure to put stoppers in place just in case any of the cars were to roll forward.

Officials on the scene told FOX23 they're hoping to reopen the rail line by Saturday.

In the meantime, residents just want their neighborhood to be safe.

"I just hope it don't derail again for real," Brinkley said.

The cause of the train derailment is under investigation.

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