Union Pacific train derails near Galt cemetery
14 train cars went off the tracks, officials sayJul 30, 2015, 6:28 AM PDT
GALT, Calif. (KCRA) —Crews cleared a stretch of train tracks overnight after a Union Pacific train derailed south of the Galt cemetery.
About 1,600 feet of track was damaged Wednesday afternoon when a train headed north from Lathrop derailed, sending 14 of the train’s 75 cars off the track, according to Union Pacific officials.
The train’s final destination was Proviso, Illinois.
Crews will be repairing the track Thursday, bringing in gravel to go underneath the track and about 26 track panels that will be layed on top.
The track should be open by Thursday night.
However, the derailment did not impact travel through the area because trains have been rerouted.
“You can see anywhere between 15 to 20 trains going through this area per day within a 24 hour period,” said Cosumnes Fire Department battalion chief Kris Hubbard.
Some of the cars tipped over on their side at Kost Road, but there was no real traffic impact.
“We were lucky enough to keep the train off of any crossings, so we don’t have any impact to traffic,” said Hubbard.
No injuries have been reported, and officials said the derailment is not considered a hazardous situation.
Union Pacific officials said the train was carrying consumer goods.
“It’s still under investigation, usually it takes several days, even weeks to determine the actual cause,” said Francisco Castillo, spokesperson for Union pacific western region.
There has been no impact to the Union Pacific train system, but one northbound Amtrak train was experiencing a 20-minute delay and a southbound train was experiencing an hour-and-a-half delay Wednesday afternoon.
“This is one of our busier lines, so the focus is clearing It up, getting the track fixed and opening it up in the next 24 hours,” Castillo said.KCRA 3’s Kathy Park contributed to this report.