Train traffic was backed up in San Antonio and Ft. Worth thanks to a derailment in Taylor.
Eight railroad cars came off the track as they entered Taylor’s train depot Thursday, June 6 around 4:30 a.m.
Kristen South, a representative for Union Pacific, said no one was hurt in the accident.
“There were no injuries, and we’re waiting to clean things up,” she said. “We’re still investigating the cause.”
No one knows the exact cause yet, but the incident occurred in the Taylor yard, and caused damage to railroad cars and equipment. The trains appeared to be carrying industrial sand, and no hazardous material was spilled.
South said there are details that United Pacific looks at before they repair cars and reopen the tracks.
“Usually, before we get the cars re-railed, we inspect and look at damages,” she said. “Then we make the repairs before we reopen the train track.”
In terms of how and if it affects any businesses, she said there is no definite answer. Although there is not a known cause, she said United Pacific is working diligently to find out what happened.
“Every detail is different for each case,” she said. “But were are working as quickly as possible to get things done.”
United Pacific employees had been at the train tracks since 4:30 a.m. and the investigation is ongoing.