On Wednesday, July 9, 2019, a Union Pacific Railroad freight train suffered a 33-car derailment. The train cars were loaded with brand new Jeep Gladiators and Wranglers as well as Silverados and Sierras.
The wreck happened about 30 miles from the Nevada-Utah border, near Caliente, Nevada. Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee confirmed the crash just after 9 am. Lee told Fox News it was the most spectacular crash he had ever seen. Lincoln County Sheriff Department‘s Facebook shared photos of the accident.
Reportedly, the train was also hauling two train cars with hazardous waste onboard. Thankfully, the hazmat tanker was not in the derailed section, though it was only 2 cars away.
A 20 mile stretch of County Road 4230 from Elgin, Nevada to Carp, Nevada has been shut down completely since the accident but is expected to partially reopen later today. The partial closure is expected to last another 7 to 10 days because debris, train cars, and cleanup equipment are blocking the roadway.
FCA/Jeep and General Motors have not yet released any information about how the vehicle loses will affect delivery dates. All the vehicles onboard are top sellers and don’t spend much time on the dealership lots. Buyers that are looking to purchase or already have purchased and are awaiting delivery may experience delays.
Damage to the vehicles is likely extreme, causing the vehicles to most likely be totaled by insurance standards. These will possibly be the first 2019 model vehicles to show up at salvage auctions and junkyards.
Details on how the train derailed have not yet been released. Union Pacific Railroad is conducting an investigation that it will share its findings with the Federal Railroad Administration.