Fire destroys train trestle in Sabinal

Several area firefighters required on-scene medical assistance for heat exhaustion and dehydration Friday following three hours battling a large train trestle fire on County Road 319, just east of Ranchero Creek in Sabinal. None required hospitalization.

Despite the efforts of firefighters from the area stations, the train trestle was completely destroyed.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. crews installed a temporary crossing that was opened for train traffic Saturday morning.

“Our crews were able to take it down and install a temporary crossing using culverts and fill materials,” said Jeff Degraff with Union Pacific Railroad Co. “There were no significant delays. A new, permanent bridge is scheduled for installation later this summer.”

The incident was reported to Sabinal Volunteer Fire Department at 12:23 p.m. Once there, firefighters observed the trestle fully-engulfed in flames. The department requested the assistance of D’Hanis and Uvalde volunteer fire departments.


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