Trains began moving through a busy line in Independence again Tuesday after a Union Pacific derailment early Monday closed traffic.
The railroad said 10 cars – eight loaded with automobiles, two empty hopper cars – of a westbound train derailed about 4 a.m. near Interstate 435 mile marker 59. That’s near the northwest edge of Independence. The UP tracks pass under I-435 in that area on the edge of the East Bottoms.
No one was injured, according to the railroad.
It posted a notice for shipping customers saying trains would be rerouted and that customers could expect delays of 24 to 36 hours.
UP spokesperson Raquel Espinoza said the line was reopened about 4 p.m. today.
Trains appeared to be running late. The afternoon Amtrak train to St. Louis left Kansas City at 4 p.m. – on time – but didn’t make it Independence until 5:45, according to Amtrak’s train statue app. That’s normally about a 19-minute run. As of early this evening, the afternoon train out of St. Louis – with a 9:06 stop in Independence – was running on time.
All four of Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains were canceled Monday, as were the morning trains today.