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19 train cars derail in Barrio Logan, creating mile-long backup

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 23:02:16-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — For the second time in as many weeks, several train cars derailed near the downtown San Diego area.

The BNSF Railway Company says 19 cars derailed at about 9:40 p.m. Friday while traveling at slow speeds. The train cars were carrying automobiles.

The backup continued into Saturday morning. Cars were at a standstill for about a mile along Harbor Dr. from the Barrio Logan area into downtown San Diego.

No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.


Shipyard workers were forced to walk around the massive backup in order to get to work Saturday. Each car has to be physically lifted back onto the tracks before the train can move.

The derailment comes a week after four BNSF train cars derailed and struck a pillar supporting an overpass bridge on Harbor Dr.

BNSF says the causes of both derailments are under investigation.

BNSF is one of the largest freight railroad network in the country, according to the company's website, with about 32,500 miles of track in 28 states.