Union Pacific Train Derails in Downtown Centralia

By The Chronicle

A train derailed Monday afternoon in Centralia near the intersection of the BNSF rail line and East First Street.

BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas confirmed just before 4 p.m. Monday that the railroad company knew about the incident.

“There is a report a Union Pacific train has derailed on BNSF’s track,” he said.

It is unknown at this time where the train was heading or what it was carrying.

BNSF owns the two lines that run through Centralia between Seattle and Portland, which other train lines can contract to use.Sixty trains take that route each day, Melonas said.

One of the two tracks was still open Monday afternoon.

Melonas said crews were on their way to the site of the derailment to determine next steps.

The Chronicle will update this story as more information becomes available.