UP reopens Sunset Route in Arizona following Tuesday derailment

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TUCSON, Ariz. – A Union Pacific intermodal train has derailed in Marana, a northwest suburb of Tucson. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Twin Peaks Road and Interstate 10, which parallels the tracks through the area.

According to the railroad, at about 3:30 p.m. an eastbound train derailed 27 cars. There were no reported injuries. While there were heavy rains and flooding in the area at the time, officials have not confirmed the cause of the derailment. There were no hazardous materials released or involved in the accident. The train was carrying "consumer and manufacturing goods."

Overnight, crews were able to remove the intact portions of the train and clear debris and equipment from one of the main lines. This enabled the railroad to resume train traffic at reduced speeds through the area at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

"We continue to clear equipment and debris from the second track and re-rail the remaining rail cars," spokesman Jeff DeGraff says. "The second track saw some damage that will we being repairing this morning. At this time we do not have an estimated time to reopen the second track."

The derailment occurred on the route of Amtrak's Sunset Limited, which operates tri-weekly between Los Angeles and New Orleans. The 191 passengers destined for Los Angeles and other points with connections from train No. 1 were transported by chartered buses Tuesday night, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says. The remaining 37 or so customers were moved in to the sleepers and continued west when the tracks were reopened this morning due a shortage of available buses. That includes through passengers from the Texas Eagle at San Antonio ticketed on train No. 421.

This story was updated July 11 at 10:15 a.m. to reflect comments from Union Pacific and at 11:30 a.m. to reflect comments from Amtrak.

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