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Crews Continue Cleanup After Train Derails

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After a train derailed west of Winnemucca Saturday afternoon, crews quickly started their cleanup efforts.

The 105-car train was headed for Roseville, Calif. when it derailed around 3:45 p.m.

Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado says it happened across the Pershing-Humbodlt County line, near Sulphur, Nev. That is roughly 40 miles west of Winnemucca.

Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it's still a pretty big mess out there. Sheriff Machado told us that crews with Union Pacific are working around the clock to clean everything up.

"The scene has changed quite a bit since initially," he says. "They've got the rail cars off the track and they're repairing the tracks very quickly."

Union Pacific crews from California were at the scene all day Sunday, and are expected to be there for several more days. The train's first 20 cars are still on the tracks, but the middle 20 once filled with corn are not.

Sheriff Machado told us train derailments like these don't happen very often here, but law enforcement agencies across northern Nevada hold emergency management exercises semi-annually to be prepared.

Sheriff Machado says this derailment will have a ripple effect, with rail line congestion expected.

"Having this out of operation certainly would cause them to have to use other rail lines to move their freight and make sure it goes east to west," he says.

No one from Union Pacific was available to speak on camera at the scene, but they did release a statement saying the cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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