Coal train hits stalled pickup on tracks

Details remain sketchy about a train versus truck accident that happened early Friday morning, delaying a coal train for hours but causing no injuries.

A Union Pacific Railroad spokesman confirmed the accident happened about 2 a.m. along the tracks near the Fifth Street bridge where it crosses the Gunnison River.

The train encountered an unoccupied pickup “high-centered” on the tracks there near the closest public road, High Street.

Police haven’t been able to clear up how the truck ended up on the tracks.

High Street does not cross the tracks and actually ends high above the train tracks near Hilltop Liquors.

A witness on the scene said police were looking at possible truck tire tracks from the bluff above, but police could not confirm that detail Friday.

Police say the truck, which had out-of-state license plates, was stolen, though they could not say exactly when.

Police couldn’t say if the truck was intentionally left on the train tracks or specify how it got there. An investigation is ongoing.

The three-locomotive, 104-car train was filled with coal from the Bowie mine near Somerset and was headed to Kentucky.

The train continued on its original path after the initial investigation was completed.


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