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UPDATE: Rail line reopens after derailment in Caledonia



UPDATED Monday, January 20, 2014 --- 4:26 p.m.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- A rail line has reopened in southeastern Wisconsin following the weekend derailment of 19 cars on a coal train.

The 135-car Union Pacific train was hauling coal from Wyoming to a Sheboygan power plant when it hit some broken tracks in Caledonia in Racine County on Sunday morning.

The cause remains under investigation, but Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale says the recent cold may have been a factor. Plale says the steel track gets brittle in the cold and can break.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the line reopened about 6:30 a.m. Monday. He says the spilled coal will be picked up and sold to smelters, scrap dealers or other customers. He says it may take two weeks to remove the derailed cars from the area.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Monday, January 20, 2014 --- 9:03 a.m.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Cold weather is believed to have caused a freight train derailment in Racine County.

Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale says the Union Pacific train hit some broken tracks in Caledonia. Plale says the steel track gets brittle in the cold and snaps. Nineteen cars of the 135-car train derailed Sunday morning.

The train was carrying coal to the Edgewater Generating Station, a coal-fired electric plant in Sheboygan. Alliant Energy tells WISN-TV it gets three train loads a week, so there's plenty of coal on site.

Train operators notified local authorities of the derailment about an hour after it happened. Union Pacific says that's not unusual if there are no injuries and no hazardous materials.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014 --- 8:42 p.m.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the derailment of about 19 cars on a Union Pacific coal train in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Caledonia.

Wisconsin Commissioner of Railroads Jeff Plale, who went to the scene, says it happened around 6 a.m. Sunday. He tells the Racine Journal-Times the northbound train hit some rails that were cracked by the recent brutally cold weather.

The 135-car coal train was headed from Wyoming to a power plant on Sheboygan on busy tracks that are used only for freight trains.

Plale says no one was injured and none of the material is considered hazardous. But the derailment left behind a significant mess that needs to be cleared. He says the twisted metal doesn't look good, but it's not considered a major incident.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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