Chicago-St. Louis Amtrak trains running again after freight train derailment

July 8, 2015

PONTIAC — A freight train that derailed overnight near Pontiac cut off Amtrak service on the Chicago-to-St. Louis line Tuesday, but passenger trains are running Wednesday morning.

A Union Pacific train with three locomotives and 105 rail cars loaded with corn was departing the Prairie Central Co-Op Elevator at Old Route 66 and Livingston County Road 2000 North when eight rail cars derailed about midnight Monday night.

Amtrak’s two Wednesday morning trains, departing at 7:31 a.m. and 9:41 a.m. from Uptown Station, are on time, according to Amtrak’s website.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the cause of the derailment remains under investigation. Livingston County sheriff’s police said there was an apparent mechanical problem with the rails.

Crews worked into the night Tuesday, clearing the rolled-over rail cars and repairing damaged tracks, Davis said. The goal was to have the repairs completed by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Amtrak spokesman Mark Magliari said Lincoln trains 304, 306, 305 and 307 were canceled Tuesday. Chartered bus service was arranged for those passengers, but full train service was expected to be restored on Wednesday, he said.



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