Monday train derailment not expected to damage Moffat County coal operations | CraigDailyPress.com

Monday train derailment not expected to damage Moffat County coal operations

A Union Pacific train derailed Monday, June 24.
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A derailment in Craig Monday morning shut down a portion of tracks until crews could clear several train cars full of coal that had tipped over.

Crews with Union Pacific Railroad were on the scene Monday working to safely get the engine off the tracks to begin cleaning up the mess.

Kristen South, a Union Pacific spokeswoman, the company said six train cars derailed about 6:30 a.m. Monday.

“The good news is the crew wasn’t hurt,” South said. “We are still investigating the cause.”

In an email, Tri-State Generation and Transmission confirmed the coal belonged to them and was on its way to Craig Station.

“The rail cars were transporting coal from the Colowyo Mine to Craig Station,” said Elizabeth Rugile, an internal communications manager with Tri-State.

Tri-State said the company has plenty of coal stockpiled for use at the station, and Monday’s accident won’t affect their operations.

“No impact to either the Colowyo Mine or Craig Station operations is expected at this time,” Rugile said. “The stockpile of coal currently available at the station will meet the fuel needs to operate the station until the rail line is repaired and trains are once again running as scheduled.”

Union Pacific did not provide an estimated timeline for completion of the cleanup.