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21 Train Cars Carrying Uncovered Coal Derail in San Antonio's South Side


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Twenty-one uncovered train cars carrying coal derailed in San Antonio's south side Sunday afternoon, blocking an intersection and dumping coal along the tracks. No one was injured and the Union Pacific train wasn't carrying any hazardous materials, according to Tony Rodriguez, a San Antonio Fire Department battalion chief.

“There’s nothing we’re worrying about other than the headache of picking everything up,” Rodriguez told mySA.

It's still unclear what caused the derailment, which took place around 5 p.m. Sunday, just southeast of the S.E. Military Dr. and S. Presa St. intersection — less than 1/2 mile from the San Antonio River. But it's just a couple miles south from where another Union Pacific coal train derailed in December 2015. Clean up is expected to take several days.

A message left with Union Pacific by the Current has yet to be returned.

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