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PHOTOS: Train derailment near Cheney

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A train derailed in Cheney Thursday morning, blocking Cheney-Spokane Road A train derailed in Cheney Thursday morning, blocking Cheney-Spokane Road
CHENEY, Wash. - Crews are working to clean up a train derailment that happened early Thursday morning near Cheney. 

The train came off the tracks and is blocking Cheney-Spokane Road just before Highway 904. Railroad officials tell KHQ eight cars carrying wheat came off the tracks and cold temperatures may have played a factor. No injuries were reported. 

The intersection is blocked and crews say it is possible it will remained blocked until Saturday, but they are working as fast as they can. If you are heading that way, you may want to find an alternate route as there is no estimation on when the road will reopen. 

Just before noon on Thursday, The Washington State Department of Transportation released the following statement: 

"Early this morning, Thursday, January 15, a derailment occurred on the State-owned Central Washington Branch railway just north of the connection with the BNSF in Cheney, Washington. The train, pulling loaded grain hopper cars, and operated by the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad was heading south when eight cars derailed. The derailment is blocking Cheney-Spokane Road a couple thousand east of the intersection with SR 904. This section of track is limited to 10 MPH, therefore all the derailed cars are still upright. The Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad has contracted the services of a specialty contractor to get the derailed cars back on the track. This contractor is mobilizing to the site and it is anticipated the rail cars can be restored to the track and moved by late today (Thursday). Initial observations indicate damage to the asphalt but a better assessment can be made after the rail cars are removed. Depending on the extent of roadway repairs needed, the blockage of Cheney-Spokane Road could extend well into Friday. A nearby short signed detour, and advance detour notification signing are now in place."


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