Train carrying gravel derails outside Pleasanton

No injuries reported


PLEASANTON, Texas – A Union Pacific train derailed outside of Pleasanton early Friday.

No one was injured.

Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said 32 cars carrying pea gravel went off the tracks around 2:30 a.m. 

The train came from Chicago and was headed for San Miguel to deliver the gravel to a power plant, DeGraff said

The cleanup is expected to take most of Friday and possibly into Saturday, DeGraff said.

"They're going to be here awhile working, because of the other side of the track is very deep," said Larry Persyn, who stopped to watch the clean-up. "They (don't have) any room over to do anything, and all (the other cars) on the other side, I don't know who they're going to get them out."

Once the mess is cleaned up, crews will need to repair and/or replace about 500 feet of track, DeGraff said.

A cause is under investigation, but weather was believed to be a factor, DeGraff said.

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