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Spokeswoman: NV derailment won't disrupt service

Spokeswoman: NV derailment won't disrupt service

A freight train derailment in Nevada will not disrupt rail service on one of the country's main east-west lines as initially feared, Union Pacific officials said Sunday.
Since the derailment Saturday in the remote high desert about 260 miles east of Reno, the railroad has determined a parallel line can be used to get trains through the area, rail company spokeswoman Zoe Richmond said.
Without the parallel line, trains hauling coal, chemicals, lumber and consumer goods would have been forced to make long, expensive detours to the north or south, she said.
"There will be no major disruptions in rail service as previously thought," Richmond said. "At this point, we don't have any delays and we're not anticipating to have any delays."
Amtrak uses the same line, and its California Zephyr service was not affected, a spokeswoman said.
The train, carrying corn, was passing through a tunnel when 15 of its 99 cars went off the tracks along the Humboldt River. No one was injured.
Five cars were still in the river Sunday and another car was in a tunnel. A nearby 102-year-old bridge spanning the river collapsed a couple of hours after the derailment, Richmond said. Railroad officials were still unsure how long it would take to restore the bridge.
The rail company is still trying to determine what caused the derailment.


Updated : 2021-02-27 06:46 GMT+08:00