Train Derails After Bridge Collapses on Mississippi Short Line

One locomotive and multiple cars derailed when a Grenada Railroad bridge collapsed on Wednesday. Photo by Debbie Fly Hayward via Facebook.

Train Derails After Bridge Collapses on Mississippi Short Line

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

GRENADA, Miss. — A Grenada Railroad freight train derailed this week after a bridge collapsed on the Mississippi short line. The incident occurred at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday just off Riverdale Road in northern Grenada County, the Grenada Star reports. No one was injured. 

At least one locomotive and two rail cars derailed. Images posted online showed the locomotive balancing on the end of what remained of a wood trestle. 

The Grenada Railroad is owned by RailUSA, which also owns the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad. The Grenada operates about 228 miles of track between Canton, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn. Ironically, the same day the train derailed, the railroad announced that it had earned 286,000-pound gross weight on rail certification. That means the railroad can move heavier rail cars over its tracks and bridges.

This article was posted on: November 18, 2022