Union Pacific Thanks Employees, Public Officials and Partners for Help with Recovery from Sacramento Trestle Fire

UP Reward Fund for Arrest in Connection with Fire Rises to $10,000

Omaha, Neb., March 21, 2007 – With the help of public and private partners, work is under way to restore bridge service to the area affected by last Thursday’s train trestle fire near Sacramento. Union Pacific employees, State of California officials and private contractors are working around the clock to replace the trestle that spans the approach to the American River.

The entire double track railroad trestle was destroyed by the fire – the cause of which is still under investigation. Union Pacific has established a $10,000 reward fund for information leading to an arrest in connection with the fire, and railroad officials are working closely with local investigators. The trestle is a vital lifeline to the Sacramento and California economies, and immediate replacement is necessary to resume normal passenger and freight operations in the region.

"We would not have been able to respond as quickly as we have without the help of our critical public and private partners, and the dedication of our employees," said Tom Jacobi, regional vice president of Union Pacific’s western region. "The railroad would publicly like to thank first responders, our community neighbors, government officials and our employees for their cooperation during this endeavor. We were extremely relieved to learn no one was injured in connection with the fire, and we are employing all means possible to replace the trestle as safely and efficiently as possible."

Union Pacific expresses its appreciation to:

  • First Responders
    • Sacramento Fire Department
    • Sacramento Police Department
    • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
    • West Sacramento Fire Department
    • Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center
    • California Highway Patrol
    • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
    • The Cosumnes River Community Services District
    • Sacramento County Parks
  • Other State and County Agencies
    • Office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • California State Fish and Game
    • California EPA
    • California Department of Water Resources
    • California Department of Transportation
    • California Public Utilities Commission
    • Sacramento County Public Health Department
    • Sacramento Air Quality Management District
  • Residents of the Woodlake Neighborhood Association
  • Residents and businesses close to the site who may be inconvenienced by construction of the new trestle
  • Amtrak and Capitol Corridor and their passengers
  • Union Pacific Employees. Special thanks to operating, engineering and Maintenance of Way employees for their dedication and hard work.

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Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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