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NTSB: Investigation of derailment a long process

An east bound Union Pacific train rolled through Hays just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

An east bound Union Pacific train rolled through Hays just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The rail line through Hays is open again as officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) begin their work to determine what caused Tuesday’s train accident. NTSB spokesperson Keith Holloway told Hays Post, “Investigators will look at the rails, the freight cars, and collect a variety of data to help with their investigation. They expect to be on the scene from 3 to 5 days.”

Once the initial examination is completed, the process may take from 12-18 months for completion.

The streets closed due to Tuesday’s train derailment are open today. According to Hays Police, the businesses along east 8th street that were closed are also open. Hays Post spoke to Hays Veterinary Hospital and Keller Furniture. They are both back in business today.

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