Union Pacific crews worked through the night to clean up a train derailment on tracks leading to the Missouri River near downtown Omaha. U-P spokesperson Calli Hite says five cars derailed. Two of the cars were loaded automotive racks, two were empty and one was carrying soda ash. One of the cars did roll down an embankment.
“Crews will pull the parts of the train they can move off of site so those cars can continue on to their destination. They will then re-rail the derailed cars and that includes some large cranes and heavy equipment to get those cars back on the track,” Hite says.
Hite says they are adept in keeping the railroad moving. Contractors worked through the night. We will have an engineering team review the track. They already reviewed the structure and there is no impact to the bridge. They will check to see if the tracks need to be repaired and tested before reopening.
Hite says there were no injuries reported. They hope to have that section of track open by this afternoon. The cause of the derailment isn’t known.