UPDATE: Heat caused train derailment; Repair crews still on scene
WOOD COUNTY — Wood County Emergency officials spoke with KETK again today, confirming that Thursday's train derailment on CR 2790 was, in fact, heat related.
A train had previously derailed in that location a few weeks ago, and officials say that the repairs that were made on that same section of track were done in the night hours, and during a much cooler time of year.
The repairs were tightly fitted at that time, and when East Texas has entered a period of record-setting heat, the metal expanded, busting the line and causing another derailment.
Authorities had been hoping to have the track fully repaired by Friday morning, but have been slowed by the heat. As of 1:30 pm, crews were still out on scene laying track.
8:00 AM UPDATE - Wood County Emergency officials tell KETK, they are still on the scene of Thursday afternoon's train derailment on CR 2790, just east of Hoard.
They confirm that all 17 rail-cars have been cleared, along with the grain that the train had been hauling. The work now turns to putting the track back together.
Authorities are hoping to get the track up and running Friday morning.
Officials tell KETK they believe the cause of the derailment was tracks warping because of the heat, but they are waiting on official reports to be completed before saying definitively that heat is the cause.
A KETK photographer reports 17 cars came off the tracks.
This is the same location as a previous derailment on July 6 this year; old cars are still visible.
Officials expect to clear the scene by 10 a.m. Friday.
Mineola police officials confirm a train has derailed east of Hoard.
Wood County Sheriff's officials say the train came off the tracks around 3 p.m. near the intersection of CR 2790 east and FM 1804.
It is unclear how many cars are involved.
The train is reportedly hauling grain and no hazardous material is on board.
KETK has a crew en route and will bring you more information as it becomes available.