May 1, 2014

Derailment in Cresson backs up U.S. 377 traffic

Two wheels of a Fort Worth and Western train left the tracks as they cross U.S. 377. Clearing it could take hours, sheriff said.

No one was injured when two wheels of a Fort Worth and Western train left the tracks as they crossed U.S. 377 in Cresson, said Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds.

But the derailment has traffic backed up on the Granbury side of the highway, Deeds said.

As of 5:30 p.m., no major traffic delays had been reported on the other side of 377 in Benbrook, Police Chief James Mills said.

The Hood County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the derailment about 3:30 p.m., Deeds said. Estimates of how long it will take to clear the route that most people take between Fort Worth and Granbury varied.

“One guy I talked with about 4 p.m. said they hope to have it resolved in an hour,” Deeds said. “Another said about three hours.”

Deeds suggested finding alternative routes, but drivers’ choices are limited.

On the Granbury side of the tracks, Farm Road 51 goes north to Weatherford and Interstate 20, and it goes south to Godley and Cleburne, where Texas 174 goes north to Interstate 35 W.

Deeds said drivers should “be careful. Don’t get upset. The railroad company is on it and trying to get it out of the way.” — Terry Evans

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