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Rail line reopens after derailment in Caledonia

  • Associated Press
  • January 20, 2014 - 4:20 PM

CALEDONIA, Wis. — A rail line has reopened in southeastern Wisconsin following the weekend derailment of 19 cars on a coal train.

The 135-car Union Pacific train was hauling coal from Wyoming to a Sheboygan power plant when it hit some broken tracks in Caledonia in Racine County on Sunday morning.

The cause remains under investigation, but Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale (PLAY'-lee) says the recent cold may have been a factor. Plale says the steel track gets brittle in the cold and can break.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the line reopened about 6:30 a.m. Monday. He says the spilled coal will be picked up and sold to smelters, scrap dealers or other customers. He says it may take two weeks to remove the derailed cars from the area.

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