July 24, 2018: Union Pacific Coal Train Derailed in Texas

On Monday afternoon a Union Pacific Railroad coal train traveling from Wyoming to a power plant in Riesel, Texas derailed at the Moriah Road crossing on Highway 6. There were no reported injuries. At this time, the cause of the derailment is being listed as shifted track as a result of unstable ballast rock.
When asked whether or not the derailment will require other trains to be rerouted, Jeff DeGraff, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said “We’ll take a look at the track, we’ll take a look at the cars and we’ll be looking at that throughout the night. We’ll make those decisions once we determine how much work it’s going to take to get the track reopened.”
Union Pacific crews have removed the ten derailed coal cars and is working hard to have the track repaired and reopened this afternoon.

Union Pacific coal train derails at local crossing