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Union Pacific orders swift cleanup after derailment

By Jonah Kaplan. CREATED Jan 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 20, 2014

CALEDONIA -- The cleanup after a freight train derailed reached full throttle on Monday with several huge trucks rumbling down neighborhood streets to the crash site.

A spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad Company promised a swift cleanup - one that would make the place look as good as new.
That will take some work.
The cleanup comes a day after a 135-car freight train jumped off the rails in rural Racine County. Nineteen of the cars, all carrying coal, flipped off the tracks and spilled coal all over Five Mile Road in Caledonia.
No one was hurt, and because the coal isn't a hazardous material, fire crews weren't even called in until later.
Today, the scene looked more like a construction.
Engineers replaced 500 feet of track and plows and sweepers spent hours wiping up the dirt.
A Union Pacific spokesman confirmed trains are operational once again, and he expects Five Mile Road to reopen by Monday evening.
Jonah Kaplan

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Originally from Philadelphia, Jonah Kaplan loves the culture, character and pride of Milwaukee. He's won top awards for his reporting of breaking news and severe weather.