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UPDATE: Train carrying hazardous materials derails in Juab County

As a train derailed, one car spilled propane into the air in Juab County. (Photo: KUTV)
As a train derailed, one car spilled propane into the air in Juab County. (Photo: KUTV)
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(UPDATE 8:44 p.m.) — Juab County Police Department states there is an estimated three to five days of cleanup ahead.

There is some concern regarding the mixture of two chemicals, which could create a fire risk according to Sheriff Douglas Anderson.

Those chemicals are still leaking right now.

Sheriff Anderson said,

There’s still chemicals that are leaking, but they’re not in a manner to where they create hazardous circumstance ... [but] they’re leaking into the environment.

The cause of the derailment and subsequent leak is yet to be determined by Union Pacific Police.

As the railroad is well off the nearby Highway 6, no injuries occurred.

"Of the 165 cars total, 23 of them actually went off the track and derailed," Sheriff Anderson said.

He said that "the biggest concern we have right now is fire."

Sheriff Anderson mentioned that there are an estimated 60 personnel working to keep the chemicals from intermixing.

"As a small county sheriff’s office, we just appreciation the involvement and the resources from these larger agencies that have the resources to help us out," he said.

The teams involved are:

  • Lone Peak Fire District
  • American Fork Fire
  • Lehi Fire
  • Pleasant Grove Fire
  • Orem Fire
  • Provo Fire, Utah County Fire
  • Eureka Fire
  • Rocky Ridge Fire
  • Mona Fire
  • Juab County Fire
  • Juab County Sheriff’s Office

As for monetary damage, there has yet to be a conclusion.

"I can’t estimate the damage in terms of dollar figure but I’m sure it’s pretty extensive," Sheriff Anderson said.

(UPDATE 3:36 p.m.) — According to the incident report from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 23 cars derailed about six to eight miles south of Eureka.

One car reportedly flipped and spilled an unknown amount of propane at approximately 9:25 a.m. on Saturday.

At around 1:45 p.m., workers in the area reported the smell of propane, the Juab County Fire Dept. collected air samples. The Hazmat team of the Union Pacific Railroad is currently assessing the sample.

(KUTV) — Multiple agencies are responding to a derailed train carrying hazardous materials in Juab County.

According to a tweet posted by the Pleasant Grove City Fire Department, multiple agencies from Utah County, including a team from Pleasant Grove are on scene in Juab County for a derailed train carrying "hazardous" materials near Little Sahara.

Officials are asking the public to avoid the area.

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