By Rick Sallinger

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Georgetown Loop is back on track. It was running a few hours late on Wednesday, but much steadier than the day before.

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(credit: Destanie Butler)

Destanie Butler was recording when the lead car went off the tracks.

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(credit: Destanie Butler)

In the video, passengers are heard screaming and seen jostling to keep from falling over. No one was seriously hurt.

Mya Jessen was one of the passengers on board.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews Mya Jessen. (credit: CBS)

“All of us flew from one side to the other. Windows broke out. Kids were screaming,” Jessen said.

The derailed car came to a rest and tilted to the side about 400 yards from the Georgetown station.

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(credit: Mya Jessen)

“We don’t know what caused we know it’s not the rail,” said Tom Hill, a spokesman for the Georgetown Loop Railroad. “We are inspecting the car to find out what caused it.”

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That car that derailed was removed from the tracks as passengers waited patiently for the schedule to resume.

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Fortunately, the incident did not occur on the high trestle where the results could’ve been catastrophic. Railroad officials insist that would have been very unlikely.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

Comments
  1. Robert Chase says:

    It wasn’t a “derailment” at all; the passenger car fell off of its rear bogey! A thorough inspection of the Georgia Loop RR’s rolling stock is definitely in order; I believe that you are correct in inferring that the incident could have been catastrophic had it occurred when the train was on the trestle.

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