Freight Train Derails in Arlington

Train cars carrying corn syrup derail in downtown Arlington

By Frank Heinz
|  Saturday, Feb 18, 2012  |  Updated 12:27 AM CDT
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A man who was getting his oil changed when a train derailed in Arlington saw train cars ping-pong into each other before six cars lifted off the tracks.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

A man who was getting his oil changed when a train derailed in Arlington saw train cars ping-pong into each other before six cars lifted off the tracks.

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Train Derails in Downtown Arlington (Raw Video)

A Union Pacific train derailed in Arlington early Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

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A freight train derailed in downtown Arlington on Friday afternoon, tangling traffic.

The train slipped off the tracks adjacent to the 500 block of East Main Street at about 12:30 p.m., not far from City Hall and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Union Pacific said six cars jumped the tracks. Four of the cars were carrying corn syrup, and the other two cars were empty.

No were injuries reported.

The derailment blocked some major intersections, including Collins and Cooper streets. Crews moved the train after about five hours.

The derailment also prompted the evacuation of two businesses at 501 and 505 E. Main St.

Union Pacific said it is investigating how the train derailed but said officials would likely not know the cause for several more days.

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