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Union Pacific Derails Near Sidney


December 27, 2017

Don Ogle

Sidney firefighters were called out an early morning derailment on the Union Railroad four miles west of Sidney Christmas Eve morning with the report of possible hazardous materials involved. There was no haz-mat incident, but more than 20 cars were off the tracks, stopping rail traffic until Christmas Day. When traffic resumed trains moved slowly through the area of the mishap.

Union Pacific Railroad officials are investigating the cause of a train derailment near Sidney Saturday.

The westbound train derailed 22 cars near Sidney Christmas Eve between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., according to UP Media Relations Director Kristin South.

"We're still investigating the cause," South said Tuesday.

She said the derailment blocked a crossing, but the crossing was opened by noon Sunday.

The train was not carrying any hazardous materials, she added. South said it was a manifest train, a mix of commodities.


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