Bridge burns on route of Amtrak 'Sunset Limited'

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Union Pacific
SANDERSON, Texas – Union Pacific has experienced a bridge fire on the Sunset Route south of Dryden, about 18 miles east of Sanderson. According to the railroad, the fire occurred on Sunday evening and the line is expected to reopen "later this week."

According to spokeswoman Kristen South, at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, a railroad crew reported the fire. No trains were involved with the fire, and no injuries are reported.

The line hosts Amtrak's triweekly Sunset Limited; westbound train No. 1 stops in Sanderson on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday while eastbound train No. 2 stops Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.

According to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, the passenger carrier has chartered buses to maintain service between El Paso and San Antonio.

UP acquired the line, which links Houston and San Antonio with El Paso and Southern California, in 1996 in its merger with Southern Pacific.

–This story was updated July 2 with additional information from Union Pacific and Amtrak

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