WELLS, NV (KOLO) - The Elko County Sheriff's Office and Nevada Highway Patrol say Interstate 80 has been reopened east of Wells in northeast Nevada. Powder released after a Union Pacific freight train derailment has been determined to be non-hazardous aluminum oxide, a skin irritant that should be washed off if anyone comes into contact with it.
Photo courtesy Elko County Sheriff's Office
80 was closed as a precaution about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday between Wells and Moor. The train tracks parallel I-80, and there was concern the material was hazardous.
No injuries have been reported and the cause of the derailment about three miles east of Wells has not been determined.
Rail cars containing munitions are at the opposite end of the train, away from the derailment, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Statement from Union Pacific:
Around 11 a.m. MT, a Union Pacific train derailed approximately 23 cars in Wells, Nevada. Some aluminum oxide, which is not hazardous, and a small amount of diesel was spilled. Preliminary information shows the derailed cars were not carrying hazmat; however, there was hazmat and ammunition on board the train. No one was hurt, and Union Pacific is working on site cleanup. A timeline for completion is not known, at this time. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
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