Train engine breakdown causes traffic delays |

Train engine breakdown causes traffic delays

A broken down Union Pacific train engine spewed gray smoke and oil in downtown Truckee Friday night, stopping traffic over the tracks for three hours.

One of the train’s rear push engines had trouble and started exhausting a large amount of smoke and oil, according to police reports. Truckee police and the Truckee Fire Protection District responded to the report around 7:30 p.m.

The train engine was pushed farther east along the tracks, spreading smoke containing oil mist in a one-quarter mile area, said Gene Welch, Truckee fire’s public safety and information officer. There was no actual fire though, Welch said.

The downtown railroad crossing was closed for three hours while Truckee police and police department volunteers helped direct traffic, said Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry.

Union Pacific representatives cleaned up the oil spill and officials from the Nevada County Environmental Health Department were also contacted concerning air quality issues because of the amount of smoke coming from the engine, according to police.

No waterways were impacted by the oil spill and the cleanup is currently underway, said James Barnes, Union Pacific director of media information. There were no injuries and the oil spill was confined to an area around the Union Pacific railroad track.

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