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Update: Train carrying consumer goods derails near Galt

Union Pacific crews were working to remove approximately 14 railroad cars that derailed near Galt Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. south of Kost Road in a rural area near Galt, said Francisco Castillo, a Union Pacific spokesman. Initially authorities estimated that up to 29 cars were derailed. The number later was reduced to 14 cars in the 75-cars train. Multiple cars were on their sides. Castillo said the train was transporting consumer goods, such as rice, wine and dry goods.

No injuries were reported.

The train originated in Lathrop and was northbound with a final destination in Illinois, Castillo said. The train was traveling 50 mph on a stretch of railroad built to handle speeds up to 70 mph, he said.

Castillo said repairs, car removals and track inspections were expected to be completed within 24 hours. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Although the derailment occurred on a main line, Castillo said, it wasn’t expected to disrupt rail traffic because other tracks are available to trains traveling through the area.

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