Cleanup continues from derailment


Rail traffic was able to resume about 9:00 a.m. after cars involved in a derailment Monday night were cleared from the tracks near Riesel.

“We spent a couple of hours having to do some repairs to the track itself, all of that has been completed and we’ve actually been able to reopen the track for train service,” said Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff.

DeGraff said what was left after that was cleanup of debris and spilled coal from the right of way.

Ten cars left the tracks along Highway 6 near Mount Moriah Road, near the Highway 6 and Highway 164 split.

DeGraff said a shift in the track caused the 10 cars to derail.

“Because of some of the ballast, the rock that’s underneath the track, some of that got shifted and that kind of moved the track out of alignment,” he added.

There were no injuries.

The train had a total of 150 cars and originated in Wyoming and was heading to Riesel.

“Now, our focus will shift back over to cleaning up the area, the rail cars that are still off to the side as well as the coal that’s on the ground, so we’ll be focused on that for the next while,” added DeGraff.

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