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December 19, 2014

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Tracks reopened this morning after train carrying coal derailed

Union Pacific has reopened the train tracks near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where a portion of a 103-car coal train derailed two days prior.

The track re-opened at about 7:25 a.m. today. The accident occurred Sunday afternoon when one of the train’s four locomotives derailed, causing 19 rail cars filled with coal to also slide off the tracks while en route from Utah to California, Union Pacific officials said.

About 100 Union Pacific crewmembers and contractors alternated 12-hour shifts for nearly two days to remove the 19 rail cars and repair 1,200 feet of damaged track, officials said. Officials could not confirm the cost of the damage caused by the incident.

No one was injured in the incident, and the cause for the derailment is under investigation.

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