One SB lane of 35th St. viaduct re-opened after train accident

CREATED Mar 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 24, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- One southbound lane of a Milwaukee bridge is closed indefinitely after being struck by train cargo, according to inspectors.

A train car with "air deflectors", a technology being tested by Union Pacific, was traveling from Chicago Monday afternoon when one of the deflectors damaged a girder under the bridge.

The air deflectors are designed to reduce drag on the train, saving on the cost of fuel.
 
Though one southbound lane of the viaduct will remain closed indefinitely, the northbound lanes were and one southbound lane were re-opened Monday afternoon.
 
Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale said the 35th Street bridge that was hit is just one of three bridges in the Milwaukee area that were hit Monday.