Concrete beams tumble onto railroad tracks near Fort Lauderdale airport



Railroad tracks that carry freight trains between Jacksonville and Miami were temporarily closed Saturday night after concrete beams fell on the tracks near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Construction workers were installing the beams as part of the south runway airport project, said Greg Meyer, spokesman for the Broward County Aviation Department.

Just before 2 p.m., one beam struck another and the beams tumbled at least thirty feet to the ground below at Griffin Road and Federal Highway, Meyer said.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, one worker suffered a minor, superficial wound to his hand and was treated on scene.

Spokesman for Florida East Coast Railway Bob Ledoux said Saturday that between 3-6 trains hauling goods would be affected.

“It is critical that they get it moved as soon as possible,” he said, adding that it may take between 12 and 16 hours to remove the beams.

Trains heading to Jacksonville will have to stop at a rail yard in Fort Lauderdale. Trains leaving Miami will have to remain until the tracks are clear.

Meyer said airport traffic and roadway traffic was not affected. The airport will investigate what cause the beams to fall.

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