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Freight train derails, disrupting service

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RENO, Nev. — A freight train derailed Saturday in northern Nevada, triggering a bridge collapse and disruptions in rail service on one of the country's main east-west lines, Union Pacific officials said.

The derailment occurred in a remote area along the Humboldt River about 10 miles west of Carlin and 260 miles east of Reno, rail company spokeswoman Zoe Richmond said.

Thirteen cars containing grain were involved in the derailment. Richmond she was unsure how many cars the westbound locomotives were hauling. No injuries were reported.

The 102-year-old bridge spanning the river collapsed a couple of hours after the derailment, Richmond said, and railroad officials are unsure how long it will take to restore it.

The line across northern Nevada connects Oakland, Calif., and Salt Lake City as well as other points east.

With the line shut down, Union Pacific's closest alternate east-west lines are located well to the north and south, with one going through Portland, Ore., and the other passing through Las Vegas.