Railroad bridge partially collapses into creek

July 28, 2018

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a partial collapse of a railroad bridge into a New Jersey creek damaged a railcar but caused no injuries or spills.

Susquehanna spokeswoman Melanie Boyer told NorthJersey.com that one section of the 405-foot New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway bridge collapsed into Overpeck Creek at 8:20 a.m. Saturday as a train was crossing.

One railcar loaded with sugar was damaged, with one wheelset missing. Crews pulled the car up from the collapsed section, and it rested partially on the Bergen Turnpike crossing, which was closed.

CSX and Ridgefield Park police were on the scene along with Susquehanna officials. An adjacent CSX bridge appeared undamaged.

Boyer said the Overpeck Creek bridge was scheduled for replacement this year. The 100-year-old bridge last rehabilitated in 1985 carries 25,000 cars a year.

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