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Rail line reopened after train derails near Vegas Speedway

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Heavy equipment scoops up coal Dec. 9, 2013, spilled after a train derailment near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (FOX5) Heavy equipment scoops up coal Dec. 9, 2013, spilled after a train derailment near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A rail line near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was reopened Tuesday after a coal train derailed over the weekend.

The derailment happened just north of the Interstate 15 and Highway 215 interchange Sunday night.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the line reopened at 7:25 a.m. after crews replaced 1,200 feet of track.

Pictures of the scene showed several of the train cars on their side with coal spilled on the ground to the side of the cars. They also showed heavy equipment being used to place the cars back on the tracks and scoop up the coal.

According Mark Davis, the derailment involved a locomotive and 19 coal cars. The train had been headed to California, originating in Utah.

The cause of the derailment remained under investigation.

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