Train derailment prompts closure of Government Bridge

Update: The bridge is back open.


ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- A train derailment has caused the Government Bridge and Rock Island Arsenal's Davenport Gate to close.

A Canadian Pacific train derailed on the bridge around noon Wednesday, July 10, according to a spokesperson from the Rock Island Arsenal.  The train derailed on the Government Bridge near Lock and Dam 15.

During this closure, the lock is also closed to barge traffic since the swing span cannot be moved, said the spokesperson.

Canadian Pacific is bringing in a crane to put the train back on the tracks.  The spokesperson said this recovery could take up to eight hours.

There was no reported leak of cargo or any hazardous materials.

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(Editor's Note: A statement from the Arsenal initially stated that the derailment happened Tuesday. The article has been corrected to reflect the correct day of the derailment, which was Wednesday.)

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