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Cheyenne Fire Rescue: Derailed train was carrying automobiles

CFR has released further information regarding a train derailment last night.

Crews work to clean up a tain car derailment by Lincolnway (Eve Hamilton/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Thirteen train cars carrying automobiles derailed Monday, March 13, at Union Pacific’s Railyard.

According to original reports from Union Pacific spokespeople, there were 12 cars that derailed, and an investigation is underway.

Cheyenne Fire Rescue has released further information, as it was among the first agencies on the incident scene. CFR was notified about the incident at 4:51 p.m. and arrived on the scene by 4:56. When rescuers arrived at the 1900 block of West Lincolnway, they found some of the train cars had partially or fully come off the tracks.

Although fire wasn’t present, CFR took action to secure the scene and evaluate the level of impact. All train traffic was temporarily suspended while CFR made contact with UP’s personnel.

Fire officials verified there were no hazardous materials involved. However, a powerline was impacted in the railyard. Staff requested Black Hills Energy’s assistance to mitigate the issue.

The scene was cleared by 6:31 p.m.

An estimate of damages for Union Pacific is not yet known.

The cause of the derailment has been undetermined and remains under investigation.