Cleaning up after a 19-car coal train derailment will take over a month to complete, said officials with Union Pacific Railroad.

About 15 of the 19 cars that derailed spilled at 5:50 a.m. Jan. 19 near an overpass bridge on 5 Mile Road between Highway 38 And Nicholson Road. The train had 135 cars, which had been carrying coal from Wyoming to Sheboygan.

About 1,500 tons of coal had been spilled over the embankment and some went into a stream. The Wisconsin Department of Natural resources is overseeing the clean-up of the site.

Mark Davis, a representative from Union Pacific, said that all of the coal has been collected and put into a pile on the site. About 1/4 of a car full of coal had spilled into a nearby stream, but that has been removed.

“The timeline right now looks like the coal on the site will be cleaned up of coal and the railcars looks like the end of February,” Davis said. “The cars will be scrapped and the parts hauled away by track.”

Once the area has thawed, the crews will do a final grade and seed the area.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.