Union Pacific Railroad employees examine a set of wheels left on a track after they pulled away from a rail car early Friday morning just south of downtown Oak Creek. The car, which weighed 125 tons, won one of 140 cars on the train. There were no injuries and the cause the suspected mechanical failure is still under investigation.

Photo by John F. Russell

Union Pacific Railroad employees examine a set of wheels left on a track after they pulled away from a rail car early Friday morning just south of downtown Oak Creek. The car, which weighed 125 tons, won one of 140 cars on the train. There were no injuries and the cause the suspected mechanical failure is still under investigation.

Coal car falls off wheels in South Routt

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— One car of a 104-car coal train came off its rear wheels south of Oak Creek at about 3:45 Friday morning, leaving the car upright and resting on the tracks.

There were no injuries in the accident, and mechanics from Union Pacific were immediately dispatched to the scene, railroad spokesman Mark Davis said.

Davis, based in Omaha, said the train had six locomotives and was headed from the Twentymile mine west of Steamboat Springs to a utility south of Cañon City. The train was loaded with coal at the time of the accident.

Davis said it was not yet clear Friday morning why the train derailed, but there are three main areas the investigators will focus on: the mechanical portions of the train car, the track, and how the train was being operated at the time.

The crews were expected to use either cranes or specially equipped bulldozers to move the broken car and repair it if possible.

Crews initially thought the train had derailled, but after investigating the site they found the wheels remained on the track.

-To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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