Rail car fire forces evacuation in North Platte

Thursday, September 14, 2023 ~ Updated 2:32 PM

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Buffalo Bill State Historical Park and State Recreation Area in North Platte are closed until further notice; a train car fire in Bailey Yard along U.S. Highway 30 is producing toxic smoke in the area.

Authorities are evacuating between Splinter and Front roads along U.S. Highway 30 north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The two Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks are located in this zone.

Wind speeds are 10 mph and blowing the toxic smoke southwest from the incident, the North Platte Telegraph reported.

The fire is south of U.S. Highway 30 between mile marker 170 and 172 near the west hump in Bailey Yard.

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