PLEASANTON, Texas -- Union Pacific investigators are working to determine what caused a train to derail in Pleasanton Tuesday morning.
The derailment happened around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. According to Captain Rick Gutierrez of the Pleasanton Police Department, five cars of a Union Pacific train derailed along US Highway 281. The cars were hauling some non-hazardous base materials used for pads on drilling rigs. Gutierrez told News 4 WOAI the conductor was only traveling about 5 miles per hour at the time of the derailment. He also confirmed the tracks in the area had been worked on recently.
One lane of US Highway 281 was closed to allow for clean up.