St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

Amtrak Service Restored to Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – Amtrak resumed passenger service across Missouri Sunday following Saturday's derailment of a Union Pacific train at Jefferson City.

Crews worked through the night to repair the tracks damaged when 14 refrigerated boxcars on a 55-car train jumped the tracks.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says crews replaced about 1,000 feet of rail on two tracks after the accident. He says the railroad hopes to have all the track opened this afternoon.

Davis says two cars that slipped into the Missouri River and spilled about 400 gallons of diesel fuel have been removed from the river. No injuries were reported.

The train was carrying vegetables from North Platte, Neb. to East St. Louis, Ill. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the derailment.