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07 June 2019

IPI Service Alert June 7, 2019

Norfolk Southern Intermodal Derailment near Swanton, OH

On June 6, 2019 at 22:00PM CDT, the Norfolk Southern received a report that the train heading from Bethlehem to Chicago, 25Z-05, near Swanton, OH which derailed 2 engines and several flatcars which is blocking both main lines. There was extensive damage, but thankfully no injuries. Swanton, OH is approximately 25 miles West of Toledo, OH. None of Imperial’s trailer are directly involved in the derailment.

Cleanup at the derailment site began at 05:00AM CDT this morning, with crews currently on site. The current estimate to have the derailed cars/containers cleared is 15:00PM CDT today, followed by engineering needing to make track and signal repairs. The NS is expecting service to be restored by late Saturday or early Sunday morning.

Both main lines are currently blocked; however, CSX is allowing the NS to run a limited number of trains on their route. The reroute trains are estimated to take 12+ hours delay, depending on the limited crew base and heavy volume/congestion on the Lake Division and CSX railroad.

Delays of 48+ hours is expected on traffic moving in the following lanes:
Chicago to/from the Ohio area
Chicago to/from the Northeast

Update from the Union Pacific Railroad:
Flood Impact Update
“Flooding conditions continue to impact operations in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Updates on the various subdivisions which are impacted are provided below.”

Returned to Service

  • Cherokee Subdivision (Parsons, Kansas, to McAlester, Oklahoma)
  • Falls City Subdivision (Kansas City, Missouri to Council Bluffs, Iowa)
  • Jonesboro Subdivision, (Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Dexter, Missouri)
  • Tulsa Subdivision (Tulsa to Muskogee, Oklahoma)
Continued Outages
  • Pinckneyville Subdivision (out of service near Chester, Missouri)
  • River Subdivision (Kansas City to Jefferson City, Missouri)
  • Wagoner Subdivision (Coffeyville, Kansas, to Van Buren, Arkansas)
  • Van Buren Subdivision (Fort Smith to North Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Local traffic around the Pine Bluff, Arkansas area remains affected by flooding

Additional rain and flash flood warnings are anticipated for some of the affected areas as well as in Louisiana. Resources remain staged at strategic locations along our network to ensure outages are addressed and repaired as quickly as possible. Customers with shipments being routed around the remaining affected areas can expect delays of 48 to 72 hours.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should there be any question or problem.