Crews working overnight to investigate train derailment
Crews with Union Pacific remain on scene overnight where one of their trains derailed earlier Monday evening.
The report came in just before 4 p.m. that four freight train cars went off the tracks in the Sacramento River Canyon north of Pollard Flat along Gibson Road in Lakehead directly under Interstate 5. Traffic was not affected on I-5 or Gibson road.
Two train cars were perpendicular to the tracks and two others were hovering off the side above the river. Union Pacific representative Callie Hite says three of the cars were empty and one was filled with scrap paper. None of the contents from the cars fell into the river.
Hite says no one was injured, including the conductor and engineer who were in the locomotive. The 67 car train was heading north to Portland from Roseville. Sixty-one of the cars were empty; six of them contained scrap paper and wood chips.
Union Pacific is planning to reroute any trains that would have headed in that direction because there is no time estimate as to when it will be cleaned up.
Investigators are working to determine what caused the derailment. Check back for updates.