TRAINS DERAIL: Coal Spills Near Grand Junction

Posted on: 10:13 am, May 9, 2013, by , updated on: 04:22pm, May 9, 2013

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A train derailment left behind a big mess in Greene County Thursday morning, but luckily no one was injured.

The Greene County Sheriff says deputies were called to the scene about a half mile east of Grand Junction just after 6 a.m.

The sheriff says it happened on a double set of Union Pacific tracks.

The initial investigation shows a westbound cargo train was sitting on the tracks when a train carrying coal passed by and had some sort of malfunction and derailed.

Cars from the eastbound train pushed into the westbound train, and that caused 35 cars to slide down an embankment on the south side of the tracks.

Union Pacific Railroad has taken over the investigation, and their crews will be working on the clean-up.

Greene County had to close down Road P-46 because the train is still sitting at the crossing.

Union Pacific crews will be on the scene all day Thursday and through the night. They hope to have the line reopen by Friday morning.