UPDATE: Coal Train Derails in Caledonia

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Jan.19th 2014 4:20 PM

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the derailment of about 19 cars on a Union Pacific coal train in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Caledonia.

Wisconsin Commissioner of Railroads Jeff Plale, who went to the scene, says it happened around 6 a.m. Sunday. He tells the Racine Journal-Times (http://bit.ly/1cJpWml ) the northbound train hit some rails that were cracked by the recent brutally cold weather.

The 135-car coal train was headed from Wyoming to a power plant on Sheboygan on busy tracks that are used only for freight trains.

Plale says no one was injured and none of the material is considered hazardous. But the derailment left behind a significant mess that needs to be cleared. He says the twisted metal doesn't look good, but it's not considered a major incident.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- A coal train has derailed in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Caledonia.

The Caledonia Fire Department says 19 cars on the Union Pacific train jumped the track around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Battalion Chief Jeff Henningfeld says nobody was hurt, and there was no release of hazardous materials, but numerous cars were heavily damaged.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation. Union Pacific officials went to the scene, and the railroad sent heavy equipment to get cars back onto the track.

The 135-car coal train was headed from Wyoming to Chicago.

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