CLINTON — Eleven cars of a coal train derailed today on the Clinton drawbridge, closing down both rail lines and making barge traffic come to a standstill.

According to James Barnes, director of media information for Union Pacific Railroad, the 135-car coal train was traveling from Wyoming to Illinois as it crossed the bridge. At approximately 4:15 a.m., 11 cars of the train derailed on the bridge itself.

Barnes reported there were no injuries during the derailment, nor were any chemicals released from the accident. He did state the cleanup is under way, with a barge being positioned under the bridge as crews vacuum the coal out of the cars and into special trucks, as a safety measure, to prevent any spillage into the Mississippi River.

Barnes said Union Pacific is anticipating the bridge’s mainline No. 2 to re-open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with mainline No. 1 expected to re-open to traffic at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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