UPDATE: Union Pacific working to clean up derailed cars, restore power

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - Union Pacific has crews working around the clock to get the train derailment mess in Marshall cleaned up. A freight train went off the tracks Monday afternoon on North Washington Avenue. That is right there at the Texas and Pacific Railway Museum.

Union Pacific says they expect clean-up to take 24 to 72 hours, which is promising news to folks in Marshall because the depot brings a lot of tourists to their city.

While both Amtrak and Union Pacific trains are still running through Marshall, trains can not stop there until it's all cleaned up and power is restored. Sam Cundiff, the person in charge of the gift shop in the depot, says one of the derailed cars knocked down a transformer cutting off all electricity.

"They'll probably figure out some way to hook up some temporary electricity for the building where we can operate cause they have to run the computers," he explained.

"When they say that it's buried under the rubble out there that means they've got to clean up before we can get to the electric to begin to repair it," says Geraldine Mauthe with the Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Cundiff had one tidbit to add. He says he was actually off Monday, and is very thankful for that because they say the cars stopped just a little more than 10' from the depot, where he works.

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