UP No. 844 involved in pedestrian fatality; locomotive will not run on scheduled Sunday trip

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Union Pacific No. 844 prepares to leave on Thursday's deadhead move to Denver for the Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Special. That train was involved in a fatal pedestrian accident on Saturday, and No. 844 will not run today as scheduled.
TRAINS: Jim Wrinn

DENVER, Colo. — Union Pacific steam engine No. 844 will not run on today’s scheduled Denver-to-Cheyenne Union Pacific Museum special after the 4-8-4 was involved in a pedestrian fatality during Saturday’s Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Special.

In response to a question, the UP Steam Twitter account reported that the “Spirit of the Union Pacific” diesel, No. 1943, will lead today’s excursion. No. 844 “will be staying put for now,” according to the Twitter account. The train will still leave Denver at 1 p.m. (MT) as scheduled, according to an update on the UP Steam website.

Saturday’s accident occurred at about 7:45 p.m., near the intersection of U.S. Route 85 and East 124th Avenue in Henderson, Colo., according to the Denver Post. The accident location is about 15 miles northeast of downtown Denver. Passengers on the special returned to Denver by bus while Union Pacific police and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

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