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Tracks reopen after train derails in Caledonia


CALEDONIA (WKOW) -- Inspectors were checking the railroad tracks Monday near where a freight train carrying coal derailed Sunday morning in Caledonia.

The Caledonia Fire Department said 19 cars of a Union Pacific train went off the tracks.

Authorities said no one was hurt, and there were no concerns about hazardous materials.

Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale said the derailment may have been related to the weather.

"Right past the bridge, they hit some broken track and when you have really cold weather like this, tracks can get, steel can get brittle and the extreme temperatures are tough on the railroad," Plale said.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the line reopened about 6:30 a.m. Monday. He says the spilled coal will be picked up and sold to smelters, scrap dealers or other customers. He says it may take two weeks to remove the derailed cars from the area.

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