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Train repair crews re-open tracks after Denair derailment

5:09 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
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DENAIR, CA - Train travel returned through the Stanislaus County town of Denair Monday afternoon.

The track through Denair had been unavailable since late Sunday afternoon when 10 cars of a 76-car freight train derailed.

The track belongs to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, but it is also used by Amtrak. About 10 passenger trains were impacted by the closure. Passengers were being bused from Modesto to Merced around the crash site.

BNSF said the first Amtrak train should roll through about 4:45 p.m. Monday. Freight train service was restored about 3:45 p.m.

There were no injuries and no hazardous materials spilled. A BNSF spokesperson said it would be months before the cause of the derailment is known.

Excellent video of the crash exists because of a security camera system installed at Denair Self Storage which had several storage units damaged by cars leaving the track.

When service resumes Monday afternoon, it will be via a side track in that area. Full repair to the damaged track and resumption of regular service should happen later Monday night.

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