About 19 cars of a 135-car Union Pacific train derailed on an overpass between Highway 38 and Nicholson Road at about 5:50 a.m. Jan. 19.
No one was injured, but authorities are afraid a car may fall off the tracks onto the roadway below. As a result, Five Mile Road between Nicholson Road and Highway 38 will be closed for at least 24 to 48 hours, said Jeff Henningfeld, battalion chief for the Caledonia Fire Department.
“When the train derailed, it broke the rails,” Henningfeld said. “It’s pretty impressive. I can’t believe the damage that occurred. It didn’t just tip over, it’s destroyed everything. And the tracks are absolutely destroyed.”
On-duty personnel from the fire department had been passing by the area at about 7 a.m. when they realized the train had derailed.
By 9 a.m., Caledonia Firefighters had left the scene after they had assessed the damage and realized the train hadn’t been carrying anything hazardous. Representatives from Union Pacific are conducting an investigation.
Mark Davis, a representative from the Union Pacific Railroad, said the train was traveling from Wyoming to an electric utility in Sheboygan.
“Crews with heavy equipment will be working through the day to clear the rail cars,” Davis said.