At around 8 p.m. Saturday, a Union Pacific train derailed approximately 17 cars near Gaddy-Koonce Road.
Union Pacific Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Media Relations Kristen South said that there was no hazmat spills, but roofing granules did spill out from one of the cars. No injuries were reported.
“The derailed cars were carrying a mix of commodities, including steel coils, railroad ties and roofing granules,” South said. “A car carrying roofing granules was damaged and some spilled onto the ground. There was no hazmat was on the train.”
By Monday morning the section of track damaged by the derailment had been repaired, and trains were active on the line once again. The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation.
“The tracks reopened to freight traffic (Sunday) around 11 p.m.,” South said.
While the tracks have been cleared and repaired, there are still numerous train cars and parts associated with the derailed train along both sides of the tracks. Clean up is expected to continue for several days. Additionally, the crossing at Gaddy-Koonce Road is still awaiting repair.
Saturday’s derailment happened at the same location as a derailment in September 2014.