UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.
The City of Moore posted an update on their Facebook page Saturday afternoon stating that BNSF has cleared the train from the derailment site and made repairs to the track.
Trains are expected to run later in the afternoon or evening, but the rail crossing at SW 34th remains closed to traffic. The crossing is expected to reopen by August 27.
Congressman Tom Cole released the following statement on the Moore derailment:
“I am thankful for the quick and swift response of first responders in Moore in response to the train derailment and that there have been no injuries, loss of life or hazardous threat to the community,” said Cole. “I have been in touch with local authorities and will continue to keep an eye on conditions for any changes.”
UPDATE @ 7:47 p.m.
AMTRAK spokesman Marc Magliari says that the Heartland Flyer will not be running from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday morning due to the derailment.
“The tracks north of Ardmore are temporarily closed by BNSF, Magliari said. “We’re unable to operate in OKC right now. Tomorrow morning’s train from OKC to Ft. Worth is cancelled.”
UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.
The City of Moore posted that Southwest 34th will remain closed from the Southeast Connection to Eastern until BNSF clears the scene on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
For your own safety, city officials are asking that you do not approach the train, the tracks, or any railroad property.
Governor Kevin Stitt also posted on X that his office is monitoring the situation.
UPDATE @ 6:14 p.m.
Hazmat believes the spilled substance as polypropylene—non-toxic, solid plastic beads. The train was also transporting a few crude oil cars, but those cars remained upright and did not spill.
A total of 12 cars are on their sides, with a up to 30 total cars estimated to be off the tracks.
The Heartland Flyer AMTRAK passenger train, which travels along the same set of tracks connecting Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, will not be able to pass through due to the derailment.
This is still a developing story.
UPDATE @5:44 p.m
The Moore Police Department stated in a Facebook post that there are no planned evacuations or reported injuries at the derailment site. Police also say no chemical release is currently identified from the train wreck.
This story is still developing.
MOORE, Okla. — A train has derailed in Moore near Southwest 34th Street and east side of I-35, blocking the intersection.
There are about eight cars involved in the derailment, but currently no reported injuries at the scene.
The rails at the site of the derailment are mangled. Oklahoma City Hazmat has been called to assist with cleanup for unknown substance leaking from the train cars. Oklahoma City Fire is also at the scene.
Please avoid the area.
This is a developing story.