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Train derailment

A train derailed Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2019, south of Fremont along Old Hwy 275 (W Reichmuth Rd) just north of the Hwy 275 and Hwy 36 intersection. The derailment spilled coal along the tracks. (James Farrell, Fremont Tribune)

A Union Pacific train carrying coal near Fremont derailed early Tuesday morning, spilling its contents out onto the ground near Old Highway 275 and leaving behind a trail of mangled rail cars.

No one was injured in the derailment and the cause is still under investigation, Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza told the Tribune on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, crews were working to clear the area, and there was heavy equipment on site. Old Highway 275 was shut down from Nebraska Highway 36, just south of the derailment, to the Downing Street stoplight in Fremont, Espinoza added.

In a social media post Tuesday afternoon, the Nebraska State Patrol noted that the route would likely be closed until Wednesday.

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The eastbound train was transporting coal from Wright, Wyoming to Sioux City, Iowa when 23 of its cars derailed at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Espinoza said.

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