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Two trains collide and derail in Jefferson, Hwy 59 shut down

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JEFFERSON, TX (KLTV) -

Jefferson police are currently on scene of a train derailment along Highway 59 after two trains collided.

It happened just before 11 a.m. underneath the overpass on Highway 59 at East Watson Street on the north end of the city. 

A Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson reports that a northbound Union Pacific train derailed following a collision with several rail cars, operated by the Kansas City Southern (KCS.) There were no injuries to the train crew or the public.

The incident occurred at a rail interlock, which is a rail intersection where two train tracks meet in a perpendicular fashion.

Initial reports indicate that 13 rail cars impacted the Hwy 59 bridge above the railroad tracks. TxDOT is on the scene and is evaluating the bridge structure.

The train originated in Port Laredo, Texas, and was headed to Yard Center, Illinois. It was hauling intermodal containers, which are boxes that can move from ships to trains to trucks and are typically hauling consumer products.The train was not carrying hazardous materials.

The Union Pacific spokesperson released a statement saying: "Union Pacific apologizes to the motoring public and the community for the incident's impacts. We will work diligently with all involved parties to remedy the situation. "

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The wreckage is blocking the overpass lanes. Highway 59 at the intersection of FM 2208 is shut down in the area and northbound traffic is being detoured in the area. Drivers are advised to seek an alternative route.

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