Union Pacific continuing to investigate Hays train accident

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HAYS, Kansas – The Union Pacific Railroad is trying to determine how two trains collided early Tuesday morning in Hays.

It happened around 1:30 a.m.

A 79 car freight train hit a standing train. At least 12 cars derailed and a fire started on two locomotives after the collision.

Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis says investigators from Union Pacific and the Federal Railroad Administration will look how the accident happened.

They will analyze the crash and interview the crew members who were on board.

Davis says the train’s event recorder could help answer some questions, like how fast the train was travelling when it hit the standing train.

He says crews will be there for about two weeks cleaning up the wreckage.

Coincidentally, the Hays Fire Department had prepared for this just five days earlier in a training drill.

Chief Gary Brown says the drill helped them to keep the incident from being worse than what it was.

“Things that happen like yesterday morning are a high consequence but low-frequency event so they are the things you need to prepare for more.”


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