Extreme weather causes second train to derail this week

CREATED Jan 22, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 22, 2014

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JANESVILLE -- A train derailment closed the Five Points Intersection and Academy St. in Janesville Wednesday morning.

Two train cars carrying grain were knocked off the tracks around 5 a.m., according to the Rock County Sheriff's office.
 
The Janesville Gazette reports the extremely cold temperatures caused a switch to malfunction. 
 
"If you have real cold weather, sometimes that steel gets brittle or causes switches to malfunction," said Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale.  
 
Plale said he doesn't think people should be worried because railroad companies constantly monitor tracks for problems. 
 
"They invest an awful lot of money in [maintenance], making sure the tracks are safe, making sure that brush is cleared, there are no obstructions, that kind of stuff.  And they take that pretty seriously."

On Sunday, 19 cars carrying coal derailed in Caledonia.  No one was hurt in either incident.