Train derails in Merrick County

2013-09-22T12:41:00Z 2013-09-23T01:20:28Z Train derails in Merrick CountyBy The Telegram Staff Columbus Telegram
September 22, 2013 12:41 pm  • 

CENTRAL CITY — A train derailed Saturday afternoon between Central City and Clarks, slowing traffic along U.S. Highway 30.

According to spokesman Mark Davis, the Union Pacific Railroad train was hauling shipping containers from California to Chicago, Ill., when 42 cars left the track along Highway 30 in Merrick County.

The derailment, which occurred around 3:30 p.m., temporarily restricted traffic on the highway and damaged both sets of tracks, Davis said. There were no injuries.

Davis said Union Pacific crews worked through the night to remove the railroad cars and begin rebuilding the damaged track. One set of tracks is expected to open by 5 p.m. Sunday, but there is no estimate for when the other repairs will be complete, he said.

About 800 feet of one track and 2,000 feet of the other were damaged, according to Davis, who said Union Pacific is currently detouring 20 trains to other routes and holding another 40 trains.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation, Davis said.

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