Cedar River railroad bridge succumbs to flood

Courtesy Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway

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By Becky Ogann

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – June 12, 2008 – The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (CRANDIC) bridge spanning the Cedar River collapsed at 9:43 a.m. on Thursday, June 12. Three of the bridges four steel spans were swept into the river along with 15 CRANDIC rail cars loaded with rock. No injuries were associated with the collapse.

The 793 ft. bridge, built in 1903, was used daily to connect CRANDIC with other railroads and local industries. The bridge handled approximately 20,000 carloads per year.

Damage will be assessed as the water recedes, and plans to rebuild are under evaluation. CRANDIC will work with other rail carriers to meet customer needs in the days and weeks ahead.

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