Union Pacific works to clean-up Illinois autorack crash

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Aftermath of a Monday wreck on a Chicago to St. Louis Union Pacific line.
Steve Smedley
ELKHART, Ill. — Crumpled Cadillac sport utility vehicles ejected from the end of an autorack car are stacked between the remains of 17 freight cars involved in a wreck of Union Pacific Railroad's M ASPR (Manifest-Alton Southern-Proviso), which derailed Monday evening, May 15, in Elkhart, closing the heavily used Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Louis. Passengers on Northbound Amtrak train 306, trapped by the derailment, were bused to their destinations. Many of the derailed cars were loaded autoracks.

Service interruptions are already taking place for 8 days on the line due to high speed rail upgrade work on the corridor. Union Pacific did not immediately respond to Trains News Wire emails requesting a comment.

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