Union Pacific cargo train derails near Truckee | SierraSun.com

Union Pacific cargo train derails near Truckee

Thirteen freight cars loaded with corn derailed south of Donner Lake early Tuesday morning forcing train passengers to travel by bus, train officials said Wednesday.

The derailment remains under investigation, John Bromley of Union Pacific said in a written statement Wednesday. No one was injured, he said.

Train passengers had to board buses in Sparks, Nev., Sarah Swain, an Amtrak spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Only those traveling along the Zephyr California between Chicago, Ill. and Emeryville, Ca. were affected, she said. Amtrak passengers on other routes were not affected because these trains use other tracks, she said.

Ross Trotter his son, Tristan, of Camptonville, were traveling from Salt Lake, Utah and Colfax on the Zephyr California line Tuesday.

At around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Trotter said, passengers were told they would have to get off the train and board a bus in Sparks, Nev. for the rest of the trip.

“We were pretty disappointed,” Ross Trotter said from home Wednesday.

On average, close to 900 people per day, travel by Amtrak between Emeryville and Chicago, Ill., Swain said. Of those an average of eight board the train in Truckee every day, she said.

The trip between Emeryville and Chicago takes more than 52 hours. The train stops in Truckee, Colfax and Roseville before heading for the Bay Area.

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