Union Pacific track still closed through Gore Canyon
November 24, 2014
A Union Pacific train with 69 cars derailed west of Kremmling in Gore Canyon on Sunday night, forcing the rerouting of the daily Amtrak train that serves Fraser and Granby.
Only one of the cars actually derailed, said Callie Hite, spokeswoman for Union Pacific Railroad.
There were no reports of injuries.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, the track had been repaired, though trains had not resumed normal operation, Hite said.
"We're kind of working through our standard protocol where we inspect the track, send a couple of trains through at slow speeds and then repeat those inspections," Hite said.
Hite could not say when normal operations would resume.
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According to a report in the Denver Post, the derailment was caused by a rock slide. The Post article said the train left the track but the cars remained upright.
Amtrak often uses buses to get passengers to their destinations when the track is closed. Amtrak service to the west of Denver includes one train daily stopping in Fraser, Granby, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.