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Damaged railroad concerns nearby homeowners

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Missing railroad spikes and damaged railroad ties that have since been repaired have neighbors concerned. Missing railroad spikes and damaged railroad ties that have since been repaired have neighbors concerned.
MILLWOOD, Wash. -

It's a typical afternoon as David Lewis, who has called the area home for more than four decades, walks along the railroad track like he does most days. The area once covered in orchards is now covered in homes as the small town continues to grow. With that growth comes traffic in the form of oil and freight trains.

David says his neighbors have gotten used to hearing and seeing the trains rolling through, but recently, what's underneath has caught their attention.

Missing railroad spikes and damaged railroad ties that have since been repaired have the neighbors concerned. After seeing the derailment in the Columbia River Gorge, David just wants to make sure the same thing doesn't happen right outside his front door.

Officials at Union Pacific acknowledged concerns and said they have increased inspections of tracks after the Oregon derailment and have pledged more money towards railroad infrastructure here in Washington.

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