A railroad bridge used by Norfolk Southern has collapsed into the Grand River in Missouri.
Norfolk Southern has suspended service between Moberly, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo. According to an advisory released by the Class 1 railroad company, detour options are being pursued, but all trains operating to and from Kansas City will experience delays.
Debris and high flood waters have been punishing the Grand River Bridge in Brunswick, Mo., for days, and a Facebook video shows the bridge dropping into the river on the evening of Oct. 2. Due to a logjam underneath the bridge, Norfolk Southern decided to cut the rails on the span so it could control the collapse. Earlier reports cited a barge striking the bridge, which turned out to be false.
Flooding in the area is making it difficult for crews to repair the damage. The flood stage at Brunswick is 19 ft, and on Oct. 1 the Grand River was at 25.35 ft. It has dropped over the last 24 hours, but is expected to rise again by the weekend.
There is no timetable as to when the bridge will be back in service, and it could effect farming during harvesting time in the area. The railroad carries grain out of Chariton County.
RT&S will follow this story as new developments surface.
To watch a video of the bridge collapse, click here.