Video Captures Moment Train Blown Off Elevated Tracks During Severe Storm In New Orleans
WGNO cameras were rolling the moment when multiple train cars fell from an elevated train track in Jefferson Parish.
The WGNO vehicle was in the Raising Cane's restaurant in Elmwood around 10:30 a.m. on Monday in the middle of severe weather. As they turned the vehicle toward to tracks, you can see the visible gust of wind through the torrential rain at the exact moment that the cars are blown off of the track and tumble at least three stories down to the ground.
The New Orleans Public Belt confirmed the derailment in a statement issued earlier today:
Due to the severe weather this morning four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time. Jefferson Parish Police, Fire and other responders are on scene to secure the area.
Employees of local business reportedly heard the "boom" of the trains falling, but thankfully no injuries were reported.