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Floods, Late Crops, Slow Corn Harvest, and Now a Railroad Bridge Collapse

What more can happen during this year’s growing season?

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As if U.S. farmers didn’t have enough challenges during this year’s crop season, add a railroad bridge collapse.

Train service between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, has been suspended.

On Wednesday night, the Grand River Bridge in Brunswick, Missouri, collapsed and washed down the river, due to a debris strike caused by heavy rains, according to a Norfolk Southern (NS) railroad company press release.

Around sunset, Wednesday, the railroad bridge gave way.  

The rails on the span of the bridge were cut before the washout in an attempt to control the collapse.

Norfolk Southern (NS), the rail company that operates this line, has personnel assessing the situation. There is no estimate on when the bridge will be restored to service, the Class 1 railroad company reported.

Along with other types of traffic, delays in grain shipping are expected, with harvest under way. The railroad is used to haul grain out of Chariton County, Missouri.

The flood stage at Brunswick is 19 feet, and on Oct. 1 the Grand River was at 25.35 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Norfolk Southern is working with interline partners to detour freight traffic over alternative gateways. Customers with traffic operating to and from the Kansas City area should expect a 48- to 72-hour delay, according to NS’s press release.   

Norfolk Southern Railway Company operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern U.S., and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers, according to its website.

NS is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, metals, and construction materials.

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