By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A southbound Union Pacific train derailed west of Preston at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Local law enforcement officials have closed State Highway 36 in both directions at the railroad crossing at approximately 4025 West Side Highway 36.
The investigation of the accident has been turned over to Idaho State Police.
Eyewitnesses living adjacent to the railroad tracks said the train was traveling southbound and conditions were foggy at the time of the accident.
“We heard the train sound it’s horn as it approached the crossing and a few seconds later heard a terrible grinding, crunching sound,” said Nicole and Chris Merrill, collectively. “We immediately knew something terrible had happened. We then called 911 to report the accident to the Franklin County Sheriff’s dispatcher.”
Sheriff’s deputies, Franklin County Fire officials, ambulance personel and Idaho State Police were on scene. Officials were not commenting on the cause of the derailment or if another vehicle was involved. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Watch The Citizen’s Web page for video of the derailment.
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