Railroad will be out at least a week after trestle fire

NORCO, La. – A Canadian National railroad trestle west of New Orleans will be out of service for at least this week and maybe longer following a fire.

Canadian National spokesman Patrick Waldron says crews are demolishing and rebuilding a span of roughly 800 feet over the Bonnet Carre (BON-ee KAYR-ee) Spillway.

Amtrak is providing buses between New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi, for passengers on its City of New Orleans train. Buses are making intervening stops in Hammond, Louisiana, and in the Mississippi towns of McComb, Brookhaven and Hazlehurst.

Canadian National is rerouting freight trains through Baton Rouge.

Waldron says the cause of the fire remains under investigation and declined to provide an estimate of how much the damage will cost to repair. The fire occurred on a trestle that parallels Interstate 10.