NB 1-25 reopens as probe of fatal railroad bridge collapse continues

Updated Oct 20, 2023
Collapsed railroad bridge on I-25 in Colorado
Colorado State Patrol

Interstate 25 north of Pueblo, Colorado has reopened in both directions following the Sunday derailment of a freight train that caused a railroad bridge to collapse on a passing tractor-trailer killing the driver.

Damaged freight cars and hundreds of tons of coal were removed from the interstate, and repairs were made to the lanes in both directions. Still, speed limits along the accident scene and work site have been lowered, and officials are cautioning drivers to expect rough pavement until permanent repairs can be made.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation. On Wednesday, the federal investigators said their initial findings found that a damaged rail caused the BNSF coal train to derail.

Trucker Lafollette Henderson, 60, of Compton, California died when the railroad bridge fell on his tractor-trailer as he drove beneath the structure. He is survived by six children and 15 grandchildren.