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Racine County rail line back open after derailment of coal train

CALEDONIA, WI (WTAQ) - A rail line used only by freight trains is open again in Racine County, after part of a coal train derailed on Sunday in Caledonia.  

The Union Pacific Railroad says it could take up to two weeks to clean everything up.  

Nineteen cars of a 135 car coal train jumped the tracks. The mangled cars are still there -- and the railroad says the coal that spilled is being sold to scrap dealers, smelters, and others.  

An investigation continues, but state railroad officials say the train hit cracks that may have been caused by this month's extremely cold weather.

About 500 feet of rail tracks were repaired just before they reopened Monday morning. Part of Five Mile Road at the derailment site was still closed Monday.  

The train was carrying coal from Wyoming to a power plant in Sheboygan when the accident occurred. No hazardous materials were spilled, and nobody was hurt.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)