October 24, 2015 / 2:48 PM / in 2 years

Union Pacific freight train derails in Texas

Oct 24 (Reuters) - A Union Pacific freight train derailed in southeast Texas early Saturday morning as flood waters covered the tracks about 55 miles south of Dallas, putting a locomotive and rail cars on their side, according to a company spokesman and TV footage.

The two crew members operating the train swam to safety after the derailment, Jeff DeGraff, a Union Pacific Railroad spokesman, told CNN.

“This train was carrying cement, which is not hazardous material,” DeGraff said. “We are keeping an eye out for diesel.”

Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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