Emergency crews respond to derailment of train hauling hazardous material in Juab County

Crews from multiple agencies, including a five-person crew from the Orem Fire Department, responded to the derailment of a train carrying hazardous material in Juab County on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Photos: Facebook/Orem Fire; Utah Department of Public Safety

JUAB COUNTY, Utah, March 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Multiple agencies were summoned to the scene of a derailment in Juab County on Saturday after it was revealed the train was carrying hazardous materials.

According to reports, one of the train’s 23 cars was carrying an unknown amount of propane.

The derailment happened at about 9:25 a.m.

Tim McMahan, Union Pacific spokesman, said in a statement that “a Union Pacific mixed freight train derailed roughly 20 cars … There were no injuries to the crew. Union Pacific is coordinating with local agencies to respond.”

The Orem Fire Department posted a photo of a crew leaving to assist just after 1:30 p.m.

“Five members of Orem Fire department are enroute to assist Juab County with a train derailment,” the Facebook post says. “These members are part of a joint Special Response Team that has been requested to help mitigate the hazardous materials the train was carrying.”

The Pleasant Grove City Fire Department posted the news at 2:13 p.m. Saturday.

“Multiple agencies from Utah County to include a team from #PleasantGrove are on the scene in Juab County for a trail derailment with hazardous material,” the message says.

“The incident is in the area of the Little Sahara turnoff in Juab. Avoid the area if possible.”

That turnoff is near the unincorporated community of Jericho, about 8 miles south of Eureka, Utah.

Gephardt Daily will have more information as it becomes available.



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