Union Pacific Train Derails Near Dunsmuir

A train derailed Friday evening in the Dunsmuir area. It happened about 6:25PM one mile north of the Shasta Retreat and Simpson Avenue west of Hedge Creek Falls in North Dunsmuir. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey made it clear right away that it was no disaster, such as the Cantara Loop derailment in 1991 that dumped 20,000 gallons of herbicide into the Sacramento River, killing everything for 40 miles downstream. The derailment Friday night was relatively harmless and involved 8 empty boxcars, no injuries, and no contamination.