Train derails in Weber Canyon
January 8, 2014
A freight train loaded with grain was struck by another freight train Wednesday morning at the mouth of Weber Canyon near Mountain Green, with three locomotives and five rail cars derailed as a result. There were no serious injuries, although a locomotive fell onto Interstate 84 westbound.
The accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt, as one freight train was rear ended by another freight train, both of which had been carrying grain. Several train crew members reported leg pain, but no one was rushed urgently to the hospital, he said.
Two of the rail cars spilled grain in the area adjacent to I-84 and fuel was released from some of the locomotives, Hunt said. Union Pacific personnel will be working with local crews to re-rail the cars and locomotives that were derailed.
As well as a response from Union Pacific, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Department of Transportation, South Ogden Fire Department, Utah Highway Patrol and the Uintah Fire Department responded to the scene, according to UDOT Region One Spokesperson Vic Saunders.
Saunders said the outermost lane of I-84 westbound was closed until heavy equipment crews can get in to remove the wrecked cars and locomotives. One lane of I-84 westbound remains open and traffic is moving, he added.
Crews will also be working to clean up the spilled grain and Hunt said it could take some time to conduct remediation of the area where the fuel was spilled.
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Hunt said an incident such as this is "rather uncommon" for Union Pacific and added an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the incident. He said the weather could be a primary factor, but did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash.
Both rail lines remain closed, Hunt said, and that crews should know more by tomorrow morning on when the line can be opened again.
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