Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2013

Road to stay closed tonight and Tuesday following accident involving excavator

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A section of Rogers Street closed as the result of a morning traffic accident that damaged a train trestle over the road will remain closed tonight and Tuesday.

 The crash occurred approximately 11:22 a.m. when an excavator being hauled on a flatbed trailer struck the railroad bridge, according to acting Chief J.W. Howell of the Princeton Police Department. Engineers with Norfolk Southern Railroad inspected the damage today.

District 10 Administrator Tom Camden of the state Department of Highways said highway personnel on the scene were initially told the road could reopen by 9 p.m. tonight. However, the damage to the railroad trestle turned out to be worse than anticipated.

The section of Rogers Street around the trestle will stay closed Monday evening, and it could remain closed Tuesday, Camden said.

Norfolk Southern Railroad officials have been unavailable for comment. Trains have been rerouted from the trestle, Howell said.

However, a nearby highway bridge on Roger Street is scheduled to undergo maintenance Tuesday, Camden said. The work will begin at 7:30 a.m. He added the work was “completely unrelated” to today’s accident. The same detours used to reroute traffic today will be utilized.

 The impact moved the bridge approximately four feet, one Mercer County 911 dispatcher said.

For more on the incident, read Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit


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