Union Pacific Freight Train Derailment, Bridge Collapse & Repair
A Union Pacific freight train derailment occurred in north central Nevada on December 27, 2008. The derailment happened in a remote area along the Humboldt River about 10 miles west of Carlin and 260 miles east of Reno.
The locomotives had passed through an 875-foot tunnel when the derailment occurred. Three cars derailed inside the tunnel with a couple of cars ending up in the Humboldt River; 13 cars containing grain were involved in the derailment.
The 102-year-old bridge spanning the river collapsed a couple of hours after the derailment. The main rail line crosses northern Nevada and connects Oakland, Calif., and Salt Lake City as well as other points east.
View Photo Slide Show [Bridge Collapse & Repair]
By Ron Damele, Eureka County Public Works