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Columbus Train Derailment

Courtesy: Columbus Telegram Courtesy: Columbus Telegram

 Downtown Columbus crossings have been cleared after a train struck a piece of heavy equipment in the rail yard and derailed.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said Friday morning that the equipment had been putting another locomotive back on a track. It had derailed earlier Thursday. Davis says the piece of equipment was left too near the rail line and was struck by the train around 8:30 Thursday night.

Two locomotives and 22 cars left the tracks. The equipment operator remains in a local hospital for observation. Davis says the crew members were treated and released. UP expects to have at least one of the two rail lines cleared by 3 p.m. Friday but had no estimate on when its companion line will be reopened to traffic.

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