NTSB To Review Storm Water Drainage As Result Of Fort Worth Derailment

Alan Scaia
June 19, 2019 - 9:14 am
Fort Worth Train Derailment

Credit: NTSB

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The National Transportation Safety Board says heavy rain may have led to the derailment of a train in South Fort Worth April 24. ​

The train was traveling from Blair, Nebraska to Galveston and derailed just after midnight in the Morningside area.

The NTSB has released a preliminary report about the derailment, saying 25 of 96 tank cars derailed. Three of those cars were breached, releasing 74,000 gallons of ethanol.

No one was injured, but when the ethanol caught fire, three horses died and three other horses were hurt. Between six and ten homes were evacuated.

At the time of the derailment, the NTSB says the train was traveling 26 miles an hour. A speed of up to 30 miles an hour was permitted on the tracks.

The train was traveling near Echo Lake. The NTSB says heavy rain the night before caused a "large amount" of water from the lake to flow through the railroad right-of-way.

Investigators will return to Fort Worth in the future to look more closely at other cars that derailed to see if they may have been breached.

The NTSB says investigators will also look at other safety issues, like weather alert communication, policies for storm water drainage from lakes and inspection and maintenance of drainage.