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Train derailment 100 miles north of Las Vegas closes Salt Lake-Los Angeles route

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11 A.M. SATURDAY UPDATE | Morning light has revealed that about 30 rail cars loaded with coal derailed in the Caliente Subdivision. It appears that repairs will take until 3 a.m. Sunday, according to UP.

Panel track is being sent from a raily ard 100 miles west and as far away as Salt Lake City, 360 miles north of the site.

ORIGINAL | A 15-car Union Pacific train derailment near Carp has closed the Salt Lake City-Los Angeles route.

The derailment was reported at 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Meadow Valley Wash about 100 miles north of Las Vegas.

It "involved a 15-car, accordion-style pileup with some cars on their side in a generally inaccessible area," stated Union Pacific spokesman Bill Hartman in an email.

No injuries were reported.

Other trains were tying down either side of the accident or stopped at terminals of Las Vegas and Milford, Utah.

A sizable curve gang is working north (RR East) of there with those personnel just arriving.

Drone footage may be available sometime Saturday.

There is no word yet on how long repairs might take.


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