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Eight Union Pacific railcars derailed Monday evening in south Colorado Springs

Union Pacific derailment Colorado Springs
Union Pacific Derailment
Union Pacific Derailment
Posted at 7:15 PM, Oct 09, 2023

EL PASO COUNTY — There was a heavy first responder presence along East Las Vegas Street Monday evening after a partial train derailment. All East Las Vegas Street lanes between Janitell Road and Highway 85/87 were reopened on Tues. Oct. 10th, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD).

According to Union Pacific Railroad, the damaged rail cars were removed from the site on Oct. 10th and the main rail line was also reopened. The other rail nearby opened on Oct. 11th.

The derailment originally happened around 6:30 p.m. on Monday along East Las Vegas Street near the El Paso County Jail. A spokesperson with the Union Pacific said eight railcars derailed.

Lt. Colonel Joseph Peyton with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson says the military equipment was returning from training at Ft. Irwin, California.

All of the equipment should be back on the post by Thursday. At that time they will determine the extent of the damage, if any.

Union Pacific said there were no injuries and there was no release of hazardous materials. Union Pacific crews are responding to the scene and the incident is under investigation at this time.


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