Fresno Railroad Tracks Re-Opened

August 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Trains are rolling through south Fresno Wednesday morning after crews spent hours overnight clearing wreckage and removing chemicals from a train derailment.It happened on the tracks at Maple Avenue, just south of Golden State. Burlington-Northern re-opened the last of the two tracks Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, two engines and four cars, including a tanker carrying liquid petroleum gas, jumped the track not far from the BNSF rail yard.

The derailment stopped AMTRAK travel between Fresno and Hanford. AMTRAK brought in charter buses to move passengers between the two cities.

"They told us all to get off the train and get onto the buses. Everybody didn't seem too happy about it," said passenger Courtney Daniel.

"I called twice to get a leaving time from here and an arrival time in Hanford. It didn't saying anything about taking buses instead of trains," said passenger Maryanne Price.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the train to jump the tracks.

www.amtrak.com

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