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Derailment cleanup may take 60 days

Feb 06, 2013 -- 6:00pm


Rail cars are scattered west of Hwy M outside of Chaffee, and according to officials with Union Pacific could be there for the better part of 60 days.  A spokesman with Union Pacific said that due to the large amount of rail cars and containers that were derailed, the cleanup process will take longer than normal.  Construction crews began work Monday on a temporary road to the derailment site to gain access to the containers.  The 800 feet of track were replaced or repaired last week, and the 48 car derailment occurred the evening of Jan. 29 due to high winds. A tornado warning had been issued in the area before the train engineer applied the brakes.  There were no injuries, and the train was hauling automobile parts on oceangoing containers and was en route to Mexico from Chicago. 

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