Several coal cars derail in Caledonia

Coal train derailment

Five Union Pacific Railroad cars carrying coal derailed near Highway 32 by Five Mile Road at about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning spilling coal on the tracks.

No one was injured. The cars derailed when they hit a switch by Five Mile Road and flipped over into a field. They were taking the coal to the We Energies Oak Creek power plant, said Sgt. Jim Gardiner, of the Caledonia Police Department.

“The coal is all cleaned up now,” he said.

Officials told police about an hour after the incident happened. The railroad operates its own police department and they contact emergency responders only if a derailment blocks a road, involves injuries or the cars carry hazardous material.

“There was no fire and nothing spilled into the water,” Gardiner said. “It’s just a lot of equipment and the crossing was damaged.”

A spokeswoman for Union Pacific told Fox 6 news:

“Around 4:30 a.m., a Union Pacific train derailed 5 rail cars in Caledonia, Wisconsin. Three cars derailed on their side and two were upright, meaning their wheels came off the track. The cars were hauling coal. No one was hurt as a result of the derailment. Crews are on scene now re-railing the cars, transporting the coal and making track repairs. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.”

This isn’t the first time a train has derailed in Caledonia. In January 2014, 19-cars derailed on an overpass between Highway 38 and Nicholson Road.

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