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Union Pacific coal train collides with another train & rail car derailed; no one hurt

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ST. FRANCIS -- Emergency crews from St. Francis and Cudahy are dealing with a train accident that occurred on Tuesday evening, September 29th near St. Francis Avenue and Kinnickinnic Avenue in St. Francis.

We're told a Union Pacific coal train collided with another Union Pacific train, which was carrying rail.

Union Pacific officials say one of the rail cars derailed. Officials say that rail car was empty.

There were no leaks following this incident -- and no immediate danger to the public.

No injuries have been reported.

The train was on the tracks from St. Francis Avenue south to Layton Avenue -- blocking traffic.

First responders were waiting for Union Pacific officials to get the damaged rail car removed from the tracks.

Union Pacific officials issued this statement to FOX6 News:

"We apologize for the inconvenience to motorists and are working to bring a new train crew to the site so we can clear the train that is causing the blocked crossing. The accident's cause is under investigation."

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • SF resident

    I thought the train lines have computer controls to prevent ‘ACCIDIENTS’ like this.
    They could have also de-coupled the train cars blocking the intersections and opened at least one crossing in St Francis, to allow cross traffic through the St Francis neighborhoods.
    Thanks for the inconvienence, but at least it wasn’t an OIL TRAIN THAT MIGHT HAVE EXPLODED.

  • Steve Jensen

    I don’t know where the rail train was headed, but if he was going up the National Ave. spur, he was still in the block where the two tracks come together (Milwaukee Sub and Kenosha sub), The Weston coal would’ve had a red signal indicating that the block was occupied!

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