Train de­rails in Galt; no in­juries re­ported

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - By John Bays

GALT — A freight train de­railed in Galt on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, re­sult­ing in mul­ti­ple cars spilling grain and at least two street clo­sures, although no in­juries were re­ported.

When la­bor fore­man Chris­tian Vil­lanueva of Pa­cific Ex­ca­va­tion was splic­ing light­ing ca­bles near the cor­ner of E and Fourth streets in Galt at 12:45 p.m., the sound of metal­lic pop­ping caused him to look up from his work to see a north­bound Union Pa­cific freight train come off of its tracks near A Street.

“The first few wag­ons made it by OK, but at least a dozen came off the tracks. You could hear the springs and metal come loose,” Vil­lanueva said.

Ap­prox­i­mately 12 cars at­tached to the engine were ei­ther to­tally or par­tially de­railed, with some even los­ing their axles com­pletely. Of­fi­cers from the Galt Po­lice Depart­ment as well as em­ploy­ees from the Galt Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works re­sponded to the scene at ap­prox­i­mately 1:30 p.m. and set up road­blocks at the A Street and C Street rail­road cross­ings, and no in­juries were ini­tially re­ported, ac­cord­ing to Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Steven Winkler.

No haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als or chem­i­cals were on the train, which was car­ry­ing mostly grain, although the cause of the de­rail­ment is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, Winkler said. He re­ported mi­nor dam­age at the C Street cross­ing, and that some of the grain might have dam­aged a pump at a sewer lift sta­tion on Fourth Street. He also pre­dicts that A and Elm streets will re­main closed at least un­til to­day, although he is not cer­tain of the full ex­tent of the dam­age or when the tracks will be cleared.

“There’s no pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mate yet, but I imag­ine that crews will be work­ing all night. It’s early, but the rail­road is mo­bi­liz­ing crews to in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble causes,” Winkler said.


Grain spills from a train car onto a sewer lift sta­tion on Fourth Street in Galt on Thurs­day.

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