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2021 Ford F-150 Pickups Destroyed By Train Derailment

Ford has faced its fair share of problems building 2021 Ford F-150 pickups in recent months, mostly thanks to the semiconductor chip shortage and a fire at a Japanese chip plant. The automaker has been storing incomplete 2021 Ford F-150 pickups around the Detroit area as a result, including the Dearborn Development Center test track, until recently when Ford received a large shipment of chips and was able to ship some trucks to dealers. Adding insult to injury, however, a train carrying a host of new vehicles – including 2021 F-150 pickups – derailed in Missouri earlier this week, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“We are aware of the accident and are assessing the situation,” Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Free Press. However, Felker was not able to say which vehicles, other than F-150 pickups were affected, nor how many vehicles were impacted by the derailing. Pictures of the incident taken by photographer Del Buckman show the aftermath, however, which includes a number of damaged vehicles.

The incident reportedly involved around 33 boxcars and took place roughly 100 miles west of St. Louis, though the cause of the derailment is currently unknown. Authorities expect cleanup to take at least a couple of days and it will cause delays of up to 14-18 hours for rail customers. As for the damaged vehicles, authorities called them a “total loss.”

This incident is just the latest thorn in the side of Ford’s production efforts, which have suffered tremendously in light of the chip shortage. Despite the fact that Ford CEO Jim Farley recently admitted that the chip supply has been slowly improving in recent weeks, other Ford executives expect the problem to persist through June of 2022.

We’ll have more on this train derailment soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Greggt

    The article failed to mention the debacle by the Purchasing department by using only one supplier for critical parts and then not keeping a back-up supply like their Japanese and Korean competitors did. Then to follow this up, the embarrassing job their Customer Experience Department has done showing utter disregard for their customers and dealers.

  2. Mark L Bedel

    Well, if the cost isn’t too prohibitive, they could turn these into salvage units and reclaim the chips and other parts…

  3. Chris

    Salvage those microchips….quick!

  4. Ed

    If there are Ford Transits in those rail cars, all of that production is directed to customer orders so there will be a lot of Transit customers who ordered these vehicles as far back as December who now won’t see their vehicle at all and the replacement one ????

  5. Todd Denny

    Where r the ford trucks and vans in train wreck going to be sold at?

    1. Dbarrett

      From what I’ve read the vehicles will be destroyed no chance of buying one.


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