Thursday, March 15, 2007

Update on Trestle Fire

When News 10 last updated their Union Pacific trestle fire at 8:28 p.m., portions of the bridge had collapsed.

"The fire has caused significant damage to the bridge which has partially collapsed," said News 10 producer Jason Kobely. "No trains will be able to use the bridge until further notice, according to fire officials."

The Associated Press reported that a westbound Amtrak train from Reno was stranded in Roseville. About 130 passengers were bussed to Sacramento. An Amtrak spokesman said passengers would be bussed around the damaged bridge Friday. Service may be suspended.

"The trestle supports a key rail artery leading into Sacramento," said AP writer Aaron C. Davis. "Officials reported that several Amtrak trains were scheduled to travel through that section of track and were being stopped."

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of 9:30 this evening according to the AP.

AP news story via Guardian Unlimited website.

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