A freight train operated by Union Pacific Railway, hauling heavy military vehicles, derailed near downtown Colorado Springs Monday night.
Local news KKTV 11 reported eight train cars hauling heavy military equipment derailed along Las Vegas Street, just south of Circle Drive, around 1830 local time.
"We were noticing that there were a lot of military vehicles going by," said Adolfo Rangel, who works across the street from the railroad tracks.
Rangel said, "We were watching them, and then all of a sudden we heard a big pop and bang. It was loud, it was really loud. Then this spun [gestured to part of the train behind him] and then everything started crashing together. I was like 'whoa.' I've never seen anything like that."
"Cars were just spinning everywhere," said Steven Watkins, another witness. "Gravel was thrown all over the place."
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