Cleanup underway for May’s train derailment in Luna County, officials say

Train derailment in Luna County (Photo credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

A spokesman for Union Pacific says cleanup operations for a train that derailed between Deming and Lordsburg in late May are underway.

Union Pacific officials say they are waiting on a third party contractor who will cut up and remove the few remaining cars.

The company also tells us they were able to remove the salvageable cars and containers early on.

Union Pacific officials tell us there was a small amount of diesel spilled at the time of the incident, but that was cleaned up immediately.

The company also tells us they have been in contact with the Federal Railroad Administration during their initial investigation and cleaning.

They also tell us the National Transportation Safety Board has not been involved.

Company leaders say they plan on having the area clear in the next two weeks or so depending on the availability of their contractor.

They tell us the cars are on Union Pacific property and shouldn’t impact the company while they coordinate.

The train derailed off a railway that runs along Interstate10 West in Luna County, New Mexico around noon May 30.

Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the train had left Los Angeles and was headed to Santa Teresa, New Mexico, with empty cargo containers.

Two crew members were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police officers with the New Mexico State Police secured the scene, no other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported.

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