Transportation

Transportation

Rough weather puts rails at risk in Northern California

Rail tracks near Elk Grove, where a train carrying tomato cans derailed last week, are expected to be repaired by Thursday, allowing Amtrak trains on the line again and giving track owner Union Pacific an assist as it struggles to move freight during one of the wettest winters on record. But the derailment and the failure of tracks elsewhere in Northern California this winter offer a reminder of how extreme weather can disrupt train operations and pose safety risks.

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Vehicles, trucks involved in injury accident on I-80 in Blue Canyon

An accident slowed traffic Thursday afternoon on westbound Interstate 80 at Blue Canyon, reports Dave Wood, the California Department of Transportation's maintenance-area superintendent for the Donner Pass-Sutter/Sierra Region.
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Vehicles, trucks involved in injury accident on I-80 in Blue Canyon 0:27

Vehicles, trucks involved in injury accident on I-80 in Blue Canyon

Caltrans: Parking on roadway causes merging, slows traffic 0:17

Caltrans: Parking on roadway causes merging, slows traffic

Take a tour of Sacramento's renovated downtown train depot 1:21

Take a tour of Sacramento's renovated downtown train depot

Repair work continues in Bridal Veil Falls area on Highway 50 4:27

Repair work continues in Bridal Veil Falls area on Highway 50