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BNSF Ludlow, CA Derailment Disrupts Intermodal Service to and from California 030421

At 12:20 p.m. PST, Wednesday, March 3, BNSF received a preliminary report that a non-intermodal train derailed near Ludlow, CA blocking both main lines to and from California.  BNSF estimates that the first main track will be returned to service at 3:00 p.m. PST, Thursday, March 4 followed by the second main track at 1:00 a.m. PST, Friday, March 5.  Due to the severity of this service interruption, BNSF stopped accepting ingates for Standard service level shipments at its Los Angeles, CA Hobart and Commerce ramps at 11:59 p.m. PST, Wednesday, March 3.  Prior to this service interruption, rail car supply in Southern California was still recovering from the recent winter weather.  With inbound cars delayed by the derailment, a gate closure was necessary to expedite the recovery and avoid more severe ramp congestion.  In addition to the service challenges associated with BNSF’s Los Angeles gate closures, J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up freight in Stockton, CA; San Bernardino, CA; and Barstow, CA will be impacted by the inbound equipment delays.  With a vast network of service offerings, J.B. Hunt can provide highway solutions to mitigate this intermodal disruption.  A representative will communicate load specific delays along with alternative highway routing options. 

J.B. Hunt will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.  Customer service is extremely important to J.B. Hunt, and we apologize for the inconvenience this service interruption has caused.