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Trestle to Brunswick port being repaired

POSTED: March 17, 2010 9:28 a.m.
BRUNSWICK - Georgia Ports Authority officials say fire damage to a railroad trestle connecting to a shipping terminal in Glynn County is not as extensive as had been feared.

The trestle to the Colonels Island facility caught fire Monday. Authority spokesman Robert Morris says two rail cars carrying new Alabama-built Mercedes-Benz automobiles to the terminal burned, destroying all 16 autos.

Morris says the trestle should be open to rail traffic by 5 p.m. Wednesday, with complete repairs taking another two weeks.

The trestle over the Fancy Bluff Creek and marsh is the sole rail connection to the shipping terminal. The Colonels Island terminal specializes in motor vehicles, heavy equipment and bulk grain.

Federal authorities are assisting state and local investigators in determining the cause of the fire.

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