Train derailment in Feather River Canyon

Nov 25, 2014 12:10 PM by News Staff

A Union Pacific train traveling through the Feather River Canyon Tuesday morning has derailed, officials confirmed.

According to the Office of Environmental Health, the train derailed around 3:00 a.m. near Virgilia in Plumas County across from Highway 70 mile marker 19.

The train was carrying corn grain. Officials say 11 cars derailed and slid down a large embankment, a significant amount of corn grain is in the river, but all the cars are on land.

No injuries were reported and officials with the OES, Fish and Wildlife, and Union Pacific are on the scene conducting an investigation. The cause of the incident is still unknown.

Train traffic through the area is being routed around the canyon and Union Pacific officials say they do not have estimated time the derailment will be cleared.

Union Pacific Spokesman Aaron Hunt says they'll work 24/7 until everything is cleaned up.

"We have vacuum trucks that we have mobilized that are coming into vacuum out that spilled corn product and then we'll be working to repair any track damage and remove these derailed cars, and working to get trains running again as quickly as possible," Hunt said.

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