Freight Train Derails in Arlington

Train cars carrying corn syrup derail in downtown Arlington

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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. (Published Friday, Feb 17, 2012)

    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.

    Train Derails in Downtown Arlington (Raw Video)

    [DFW] Train Derails in Downtown Arlington (Raw Video)
    A Union Pacific train derailed in Arlington early Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported. (Published Friday, Feb 17, 2012)

    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.

    Derailment Witness "Thought There Was An Explosion"

    [DFW] Derailment Witness "Thought There Was An Explosion"
    The train derailment in Arlington Friday sounded like an explosion to at least one witness at nearby Gowen's Gym. (Published Friday, Feb 17, 2012)

    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.