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Old 05-16-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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Post Union Pacific Derailment - South of Tacoma

Two Union Pacific trains off tracks south of Tacoma

By The Associated Press

Two Union Pacific freight trains were involved in a pre-dawn derailment today between Tacoma and Olympia, railroad officials said.

All crew members were accounted for and no injuries were reported, but Mark Davis of Union Pacific said at least two locomotives and an undetermined number of rail cars were off the tracks.

Diesel fuel was leaking from at least one engine near the Nisqually River a few miles upriver from the Nisqually Delta National Wildlife Refuge, and authorities were checking for the possibility of hazardous or toxic substances, said Jenny Sharp, a spokeswoman for the DuPont Fire Department.

Television reports showed some rail cars blocking Old Nisqually Road, and Davis said power lines were down. Most of DuPont was without electricity for a period of time.

Details were sketchy, but Sharp and Davis said a southbound train from Seattle to Chicago apparently derailed about 3:15 a.m. and bumped a few cars off the tracks from a northbound train from Portland to Seattle. Cause of the derailment was under investigation.

Both trains haul goods in containers that can be loaded readily onto ships and trucks as well as rail cars, Davis said.

Another Union Pacific spokesman, James Barnes, said the southbound train consisted of four locomotives and 111 cars and the northbound train had two locomotives and 98 cars.

The derailment has disrupted Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland. Amtrak says passengers will be bused.

Copyright 2007 The Seattle Times Company
Kurt Clark

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