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BNSF Ludlow, CA Derailment Disrupts Intermodal Service to and from California 030521

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 returned the first main track to service at 3:59 p.m. PST, Thursday, March 4 followed by the second main track at 2:20 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.  In addition, BNSF implemented significant ingate restrictions for Standard service level shipments at Stockton, CA at 11:59 p.m. PST, Thursday, March 4.  Also, due to car shortages from the derailment, BNSF will stop accepting ingates for Standard service level shipments at Atlanta/Fairburn, GA at 1:00 p.m. EST, Friday, March 5.  Prior to the service interruption, rail car supply was still recovering from the recent winter weather.  With inbound cars delayed by the derailment, gate closures and restrictions are necessary to expedite the recovery and avoid more severe ramp congestion.  The current gate closures and restrictions are expected to remain in place until at least Monday, March 8.  In addition to the service challenges associated with the gate closures and restrictions, J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up freight in 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 these intermodal disruptions.  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.