Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2013

Rig jars trestle off track

PRINCETON — Click here for video.

A section of Rogers Street will remain closed today after a Monday morning traffic accident.

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

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. Monday. However, the damage to the railroad trestle turned out to be worse than anticipated.

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

Portions of the trestle had been shifted out of place by the impact, and other pieces were hanging off the structure. Norfolk Southern Railroad officials were unavailable for comment Monday. Trains have been rerouted from the trestle, Howell said.

Travelers have been rerouted to Brick Street and Wickham Avenue, but heavy first-of-the-month traffic sometimes resulted in delays, according to dispatchers.

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

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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