Southbound Interstate 25 north of Pueblo will reopen this afternoon after a fatal train derailment and bridge collapse on Sunday closed the roadway in both directions for three days.
Gov. Jared Polis announced in a news release and on social media just before 1 p.m. that southbound I-25 will reopen this afternoon.
Colorado Department of Transportation crews are working to make avaiable at least one lane of northbound I-25 by Thursday evening, according to state officials.
Today, I toured the site of the train derailment North of Pueblo and heard directly from leaders and engineers on the ground about the state of the investigation and cleanup. pic.twitter.com/GVCmGqortG
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) October 18, 2023
Federal investigators said Tuesday they believe the derailment was caused by a broken rail and that the derailment happened before the bridge collapsed. The incident killed a truck driver, 60-year-old Lafollete Henderson of Compton, California, and covered the roadway with coal and at least six overturned train cars.
Drivers should expect a rough driving surface on the damaged roadway as it’s being milled and repaved, according to state officials. There will be slightly reduced speed limits in the area.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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