Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | October 28, 2009

Silver Pinyon Journal – 26 Oct. 2009 at 6 a.m.

What if this were a trash train? Who would be involved? Who would pay? VALMY — A train derailment early Monday morning created a mess for Union Pacific, but there were no injuries and no HAZMAT spills, according to officials. The train was westbound from Chicago to Oakland, California when the derailment occurred near Valmy and approximately 12 miles west of Battle Mountain. Train traffic was rerouted to an alternate track around the incident scene, and the heavy equipment needed for clean-up began arriving first thing in the morning.

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A train derailment


Wes Lujan, of Union Pacific’s Public Affairs office, said an estimated 40 cars were involved. However, as the cars were double stacked with freight cargo holders it’s not yet clear just how much was crunched together. A portion of the train broke apart during the incident and came to rest a good distance away. UP crews were working mid-morning to pick that portion of the train up and set it back on the tracks. Lujan said the train was 9,000 feet long and traveling at approximately 58 mph in a 70 mph corridor when the derailment occurred. UP is in the process of investigating the cause of the accident.
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Interstate 80 was briefly closed


According to Humboldt County Undersheriff Curtiss Kull, the sheriff’s office was notified of the derailment via 911. However, “the initial report indicated there was only one railcar derailed,” he said. Later, the information was updated to 14-20 cars derailed, but it later turned out the number of cars involved was twice initial estimates. Kull said Interstate 80 was briefly closed and personnel from the HCSO and the Valmy Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene as a precaution. The Interstate was reopened once it was determined there was no hazard to motorists. He added deputies would be posted at the scene during the night for security.
WINNEMUCCA — Union Pacific and Humboldt County emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment near Valmy. There were no reported injuries. UP is sending emergency crews from their headquarters in Nebraska to investigate the incident, Kull said. SPJ will have follow-up information later today.

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