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Train carrying grain derails in Feather River Canyon

A Union Pacific train derailed in the Feather River Canyon over the holiday weekend, but the remote area and the Highway 70 closure, is making it difficult to access.

According to Plumas County’s Office of Emergency Services, seven cars carrying grain flipped on their sides and the engine is also off the track but is upright. A Union Pacific spokesman said it was able to rescue its crew, but is still working on the derailed cars.

According to District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss, who represents the area and has been monitoring the situation, there is no threat to the waterway. The cause of the derailment, which occurred late on Saturday night, appears to be a slide.

Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon remains closed to motorists from the Greenville Wye to Jarbo Gap due to rock slides.

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