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Train derailment in West Jordan causes delays

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WEST JORDAN — Two freight train locomotives tipped over in west Salt Lake County just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators do not know why the Savage freight locomotives came off the tracks, but apparently the trouble occurred around a corner near 4000 West and 9000 South.

Bobcats, cranes and other equipment were on scene to help with the cleanup. By 8:30 a.m., crews had detached the first two tipped cars from the rest of the train. The other 15 cars connected to the locomotives were not damaged and stayed on the tracks, said Rebecca Boucher, Savage Services communications director.

No one was injured in the incident, and the products in the cars did not spill, Boucher said.

The derailed cars lay near the path of a TRAX train, causing minor delays to the commute on the Utah Transit Authority's Red Line. Vehicle traffic in the area was also slightly delayed by the derailed train.

"We realize this is affecting commuters utilizing TRAX service, and Savage is working as quickly as possible to reposition the locomotives that are impacting the UTA mainline," Boucher said.

— Mary Richards