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No injuries reported after train derailment in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, Texas (KETK) - No injuries have been reported after two trains collided at an interlocker in Jefferson underneath the Highway 59 bridge.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Calli Hite said explained an interlocker is where two train tracks meet in a perpendicular fashion.

At around 11 a.m., a Union Pacific train and Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) train collided, causing damage to an overhead pillar. No hazardous materials were spilled. The Union Pacific train was hauling  intermodal containers, which are boxes that can move from ships to trains to trucks and are typically hauling consumer products.

The accident caused a traffic detour in Jefferson on Highway 59. TxDOT has shut down the road while the bridge structure is evaluated.

Union Pacific stated 13 of their cars were derailed. Their train was traveling from Port Laredo to Yard Center, Illinois, near Chicago.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. 

Both companies involved are investigating the collision. 

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