BNSF experienced a derailment caused by high winds late last night at Glazier, Texas, approximately 100 miles northeast of Amarillo. As this incident occurred on the Southern Transcon, our primary route between Southern California and the Midwest, rail operations have been significantly impacted. Both main line tracks in this location are currently out of service.
Engineering teams and equipment are at the scene, however, recovery operations have been affected by the ongoing extreme weather conditions in the area. Blizzard warnings are in effect across the Texas Panhandle with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. With limited visibility and poor road conditions, “snow coaches” (passenger rail cars) have been deployed to the area to assist with crew movements.
The first main track is estimated to reopen as soon as late tonight, with the second main line back in service tomorrow morning. With the elevated volume of traffic on the Transcon, customers with shipments designated to move through this area should expect delays until operations have normalized.
Much of the Southern Plains, from southern Kansas into most of Texas, will also continue to experience high winds today. As this powerful storm system moves east, we are monitoring a high risk for severe weather across northern Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama, with tornado watches in effect through the afternoon hours. As always, the safety of our employees and the safe movement of freight is our highest priority.
If you have questions regarding your shipment(s), please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673.
We will continue to provide impacted customers with further updates.