By Teresa Simpson
Cheney Free Press 

Train goes off track near Hwy 26


Last updated 5/19/2022 at 1:48pm

Teresa Simpson

A grain train derailed last Friday, May13, between Washtucna and LaCrosse, along state Highway 26.

HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna. Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkins said Tuesday, May 17.

At least four covered hoppers were among the cars off the tracks. One spilled wheat. Matkins confirmed the Union Pacific train was hauling wheat, out-bound from Endicott. Watco, the company that operates the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad, is investigating the mishap with a contractor.

The exact time and date of the derailment remains in question. A passerby reported he...

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